Fortune can favour Bravery in Lincoln
Ex-Ballydoyle inmate has the stamina to prevail for new trainer O'Meara
DAVID O'MEARA has never won the Betway Lincoln but he tackles today's renewal with two runners and is taken to prevail with Bravery.
A native of Co Cork, the trainer - based in North Yorkshire - has shown an exceptional ability to improve horses, though getting one out of Aidan O'Brien's and achieving progress is hardly a given.
Bravery has his British debut today. A son of Galileo, he started life by chasing home subsequent Guineas hero Awtaad in a Leopardstown maiden. He gets farther than a mile and stamina will be a big factor today, with the ground on the easy side.
Another ex-Irish horse, Eddystone Rock, wears a hood for the first time. He has plenty of ability and could go well at a big price for John Best.
Third Time Lucky would rate a major-race win for young apprentice Connor Murtagh if he can score for Richard Fahey. When the 16-year-old apprentice jockey, a native of Cumbria, raced to success on his mother's Symbolic Star at Newcastle last week, the cheers that welcomed him in the winners' enclosure were certainly not misplaced. This is a youngster who, on his first ride in public, had not only defied the odds on the 25/1 shot but who, just six months earlier, had come through life-saving heart surgery.
Godolphin's William Buick's first ride back in Britain after winning at the highest level in Dubai on Saturday earned him an eight-day ban. It will rule him out of the three-day Craven meeting at Newmarket next month.
Buick, riding Zillion at Chelmsford on Thursday evening, was deemed by the stewards to have "failed to pull up a horse where it was contrary to the horse's welfare to continue as there was a problem which was materially affecting the colt's performance".
Buick steers Birchwood in the Cammidge Trophy Stakes but preference is for Tupi, which made nice late gains at Meydan. It is hard to believe he has not won since July 2015.
The pacy Sacred Act is taken to strike for John Gosden in the Spring Mile Handicap. The Oasis Dream-bred was value for more than the neck by which he won when last seen at Sandown; a 7lb rise makes life difficult but he handles soft ground and looks to have a solid each-way chance.
The likeable Custom Cut is noted in the Doncaster Mile Stakes for O'Meara. This one, which also spent much of his earlier career in Ireland, never seems to run a bad race and the 9/1 available about him yesterday, considering the ground at Doncaster, is appealing.
The all-weather action at Kempton is a worthy televised undercard. Linguistic could be the one in the Listed Betfred Mobile Magnolia Stakes for Gosden and Jim Crowley, leading rider for Hamdan Al Maktoum this year.
Linguistic has been a progressive sort and consistent into the bargain. He should cope with this surface for the first time, though the race-fitness of Fire Fighting, which ran well at Dundalk, is not to be dismissed.
Memories Galore is put forward in the sprint handicap under Luke Morris. He can hinder his prospects by pulling for his head but he gets the trip fine and much will depend on what cover he gets here.
In the Betfred "Home Of Goals Galore" Rosebery Handicap, Getback In Paris can run a nice race. He gave it a good go here last time and is not all that long with Richard Hughes, who may be able to cajole some improvement out of the son of Galileo.
Meanwhile, Caravaggio, second-favourite for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, will not go to Dundalk for his prep, as had been the plan. He is set to go straight to Newmarket or tackle the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Deauville.