Lincoln rescheduled for Easter Saturday

Nine Realms - will he run?

Nine Realms - will he run?

The 2013 turf Flat season got under way as planned on Friday, but ground to a halt the following day as three inches of snow blanketed the course at Doncaster. That resulted in the abandonment of the day’s William Hill Lincoln, and the use of a word more commonly heard in football than racing – postponed.

During last week, owners of Doncaster, Arena Racing company, announced they had agreed a contingency plan with the British Horseracing Authority, and they have now put that into place, so that the lost card will now be run next Saturday, 30 March. ARC racing director Jim Allen said, “I would like to extend our thanks to William Hill, the BHA, Levy Board Channel 4, who have acted swiftly and decisively to make this happen.”

Rescheduling the race could have thrown up one tricky issue. On Friday, Nine Realms, one of the favourites, was not included in the overnight declarations, which resulted in Gladys’ Girl securing the last place in the 22-runner field. Fortunately for connections, entries for the Lincoln, along with the Spring Mile, were re-opened at the weights published stage, which opens up the possibility of both horses taking part.

However, Nine Realms was taken out because of the soft ground. With the course likely to be under snow for another couple of days, you can’t see anything other than soft conditions at the weekend, which would probably lead to the same outcome. On the other hand, if Nine Realms were to run. It would need another horse to come out for Gladys’ Gal to get in.

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