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Fahey expecting bold run from Gabrial’s Kaka in Lincoln

The flat turf season gets under way this week with the Lincoln Handicap being the traditional curtain raiser at Doncaster on Saturday. A massive entry of 79 still remain in the race with many of them destined to line up in the Silver Cup instead.

Brae Hill has been 1st, 2nd and 3rd in recent runnings for Richard Fahey and could line up this weekend. He is looking unlikely to get a run from number 34 with only a maximum of 22 for the mile handicap.

Fahey has voiced the opinion that the veteran is maybe a little behind this year in his preparation but he is full of confidence in Gabrial’s Kaka. The four-year-old is handily weighted on 8st 10lb and is guaranteed a run.

He finished his season with a fine second to Seek Again at York and he is racing off just a 1lb higher mark on Saturday. He was highly-tried last spring, finishing third in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom and last of five in the Dee Stakes at Chester.

He was far from disgraced when fourth to Top Notch Tonto (pictured) at Newmarket when trying to concede that horse 2lbs. A victory at Pontefract followed and his York run gives him every chance here.

There are plenty of dangers in a typically competitive renewal. Several of these have been running on the all-weather including recent winner Whispering Warrior who is up 5lbs for his Wolverhampton win.

The son of Oasis Dream was very progressive last season, winning five races between January and June. He rose 25lbs in the handicap and it looked as though the handicapper had taken his measure when well beaten at Goodwood.

David Simcock’s gelding ran respectably at Sandown and Lingfield without threatening but bounced back to win the Lincoln Trial on March 8th. He stays ten furlongs so will be one of those staying on at the finish.

Coral currently have Captain Cat as 8-1 market leader with Gabrial’s Kaka at 10-1 and Whispering Warrior at 12-1.