Lincoln Handicap 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The Lincoln is the first big Flat race of the season
The Lincoln is the first big Flat race of the season

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Lincoln Handicap, the first big Flat race of the season...

"Starts out for new yard off handy mark."

Timeform on Mitchum Swagger

1. LORD GLITTERS (Daniel Tudhope/David O'Meara)
Successful in 2017 in minor events at Chantilly and Saint-Cloud (for C. Lotoux) and 20-runner Balmoral Handicap at Ascot. Looked unlucky not to win again when neck second of 6 to Bravo Zolo in listed race at Newmarket final outing. Type to do better still in 2018, and clearly well suited to big-field handicaps.

2. MITCHUM SWAGGER (Richard Kingscote/Ralph Beckett)
Won minor event at Thirsk (by 2½ lengths from Lavetta) in 2017, when also fourth in John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock (length behind Absolutely So). Well below form final start, though, and sold from David Lanigan for 75,000 gns in November. Starts out for new yard off handy mark.

3. BIG COUNTRY (Silvestre De Sousa/Michael Appleby)
Won 3 times in first half of 2017: also good second in John Smith's Cup (Handicap) at York (¾ length behind Ballet Concerto). Better than ever when also winning 11-runner event at Wolverhampton last time by ¾ length from Pactolus, leading over 1f out and in command soon after, only closed down late on. Usually travels strongly.

4. GABRIAL (Jamie Spencer/Richard Fahey)
Held form well during busy 2017, making frame 8 times. Respectable 3¼ lengths eighth of 10 to demoted Mr Owen in Winter Derby at Lingfield last time. Acts any turf going but sometimes slowly away.

5. BALLARD DOWN (Harry Bentley/William Knight)

Won at Wolverhampton and Newmarket in 2017, in latter showing much improved form to beat next-time-out winner Master The World by 3½ lengths, quickening clear 2f out. Quirky but done nothing wrong last two starts.

6. DARK RED (P. J. McDonald/Ed Dunlop)
Won at York (by 2¼ lengths from Syphax) in 2017, and respectable 1¾ lengths fourth of 6 to Kyllachy Gala at Kempton last time, needing stronger gallop. Acts on soft going.

7. DOLPHIN VISTA (Jason Watson/Martyn Meade)
Won Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket (by 1½ lengths from Sands Chorus) in 2017. Off 12 weeks, 8/1, looked rusty when 1¼ lengths fifth of 8 to Petite Jack in listed race at Lingfield next time.

8. CHELSEA LAD (Oisin Murphy/Martyn Meade)
Better than ever when 1¼ lengths second of 23 to Saunter in November Handicap at Doncaster last time. Acts on soft going.

9. VIA VIA (Luke Morris/James Tate)
Won at Newcastle (by ½ length from War Department) in 2017, when also third in listed race at Newmarket (1½ lengths behind Bravo Zolo). Below form when 4¼ lengths seventh of 12 to Second Thought in listed race at Kempton final outing.

10. NOT SO SLEEPY (Jim Crowley/Hughie Morrison)
Won at Epsom (by neck from Innocent Touch) in 2017, and creditable 5¼ lengths last of 6 to Dubawi Fifty at Newcastle last time. Usually races freely.

11. KINGS GIFT (Paul Mulrennan/Michael Dods)
Third in handicap at York (3¼ lengths behind Mojito) in 2017, but disappointing when well held in Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket final start. Has been gelded.

12. LONDON PROTOCOL (Ben Curtis/K. R. Burke)
Won at Compiegne and Chantilly in 2017, but has folded tamely both starts (at Meydan) this year. Acts on any ground. Usually races prominently.

13. GREY BRITAIN (Gerald Mosse/John Ryan)
Won listed race at Newmarket (by nose from Desert Skyline) in 2017 and probably needed return in handicap at Meydan penultimate start. Unsuited by dirt when well held last time. Front runner/races prominently.

14. ADDEYBB (James Doyle/William Haggas)
Won maiden at Haydock, handicap at Ascot and 16-runner handicap at Newmarket (improved again, by ½ length from Afaak, challenging 2f out and finding plenty to lead final 50 yards) in 2017. Will go on improving.

15. REPERCUSSION (Stevie Donohoe/Charlie Fellowes)
Produced career-best in first-time tongue strap when winning 11-runner event at Newmarket last time easily by 5 lengths from Knight Owl, leading 2f out and quickening clear. Temperament under suspicion.

16. STAMP HILL (Barry McHugh/Richard Fahey)
Won International Stakes at Ascot (by 1¼ lengths from Mjjack) in 2017. Not seen to best effect when 7 lengths seventh of 9 to Jallota in listed race at Redcar final start.

17. FIRE BRIGADE (Ryan Moore/Michael Bell)
Won at Newmarket, Haydock (twice) and Leicester in 2017, by ½ length from Chatez at last-named, readily despite having had to wait for gap over 1f out. Usually travels strongly, may do better still at four, and has Ryan Moore on board for the first time.

18. DONNCHA (Andrea Atzeni/Robert Eddery)
Best effort in 2017 when third in this race (½ length behind Bravery). Ran poorly last three starts, but has been gelded.

19. WITHERNSEA (Tony Hamilton/Richard Fahey)
Won at Newbury (by neck from Brigliadoro) in 2017, but well below form last three starts.

20. LEADER WRITER (Fran Berry/Henry Spiller)
Won at Ascot (by 2¼ lengths from Storm Ahead) in 2017, and shaped well when 2 lengths fourth of 9 to Chevallier at Lingfield last time, keeping on well having been left poorly placed.

21. HAYADH (Jason Hart/Rebecca Bastiman)
Won at Wolverhampton (by neck from Unforgiving Minute) in February, and shaped as if still in form but possibly found race coming too soon when 5½ lengths eighth of 14 to Straight Right at Newcastle last time. Usually leads.

22. BRAVERY (Sam James/David O'Meara)
Won this race (by neck from Oh This Is Us) in 2017. Respectable 2¾ lengths fifth of 19 to Speculative Bid final start, despite inadequate test. Has been gelded, and begins campaign 5 lb lower in weights than when successful at this meeting on 4-y-o reappearance.

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