In the early betting for the famous flat season curtain-raiser, Doncaster’s Lincoln Handicap, Eton Forever is William Hill’s 6/1 favourite in what looks a wide-open renewal.
Winner of the William Hill Spring Mile, the Lincoln consolation race, a year ago, the Roger Varian-trained five year-old has been well backed for some time, staying prominent in the antepost market for the main event on this occasion.
Fury follows in the betting at 7-1, ahead of the James Fanshawe’s charge Primeaval at 11-1. Next up is 12/1 shot, Marco Botti’s Cocozza, making his first appearance since leaving John Oxx, and also at 12-1 are Godolphin’s Start Right and Edinburgh Knight.
“The front two saw the best of the early money in the run-up,” said William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes, “but attentions turned to Cheveley contender Fury this morning with punters itching to get their talons into the new season”
William Hill Lincoln Handicap: 6-1 Eton Forever, 7-1 Fury, 11-1 Primaeval, 12-1 Cocozza, Edinburgh Knight, Start Right, 14-1 Robemaker, 16-1 Man Of Action, 20-1 Brae Hill, Chiswick Bey, Don’t Call Me, Leviathan, Mia’s Boy, Mull Of Killough, Penitent, Prime Exhibit, Smarty Socks, Stevie Thunder, 25-1 Amitola, Askaud, Barren Brook, Call To Reason, Clockmaker, Field Of Dream, Kingscroft, Kyllachy Star, Lowther, Mont Ras, Nazreef, Pintura, 33-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)