We look for a much better run from our selections today in the UK Lincoln following the poor showing by Emporio at the Curragh last weekend. It's the start of the UK turf flat season but the jumps action returns with a bang over the next few weekends thanks to Fairyhouse, Aintree and Punchestown.
William Haggas has a big chance of training an Irish and English Lincoln double. Lattam just got up on the line at the Curragh and Al Mubhir will stay this mile on testing ground strongly having raced over 10 furlongs as a 3yo. His best form last season came in his final run of the season over a mile on heavy at Haydock. He won that race cosily proving a strongly run mile with cut in the ground works well. Andrea Atzeni is a freelance jockey this season and comes in for the ride with Cieran Fallon riding stablemate Montassib. This 4yo son of Frankel has been well found in the betting market but deserves his place near the top with progression to come this season.
Boardman is a big price considering he is 4lbs better off against Wanees who finished 1.5l ahead of him at Haydock last season. Boardman would have finished much closer but for getting stopped in his run at a crucial time. He is quirky and needs to come through horses but enjoys big field handicaps and just needs a bit of luck in running. A draw in stall 19 looks decent with Awaal drawn close by and liking to go forward. Boardman won on heavy ground at Haydock two seasons ago so we know he will handle the ground. Tim Easterby gave him a pipe opener at Wolverhampton three weeks ago which should leave him spot on for this valuable heritage handicap.
0.5 point each way Al Mubhir 4/1 Skybet 7 places else 9/2 William Hill, Unibet & Betway, 6 places.
0.5 point each way Boardman 22/1 Skybet 7 places else 25/1 Bet365, 6 places.
Best of Luck, Nicky