Doncaster Racecourse: Under-threat Lincoln could be re-scheduled

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DONCASTER Racecourse officials have sounded out the British Horseracing Authority about re-scheduling the William Hill Lincoln - should Saturday’s meeting fall victim to the weather.

Precautionary inspections will be held at Town Moor both this morning and tomorrow morning amid fears that snow could ruin the start of the British Flat season.

Saturday’s meeting is expected to attract a crowd in the region of 13,000.

Mark Spincer, Doncaster Racecourse’s managing director, said the lucrative fixture would, in all likelihood, be moved back a week should it be snowed off.

“With the forecast for some snow, we have called a precautionary inspection for both days of the William Hill Lincoln,” Spincer told The Star.

“We can be slightly more optimistic about Friday’s forecast.

“Should the William Hill Lincoln highlight not take place on Saturday as planned, we are in early discussions with the British Horseracing Authority and other regulatory bodies to look to reschedule the fixture,” he added.

“Next weekend is a strong possibility, although confirmation of this is not expected until early next week.”

Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan added: “As far as today’s meeting is concerned, it depends when the snow arrives and how much there is.

“There are concerns about racing at Doncaster on Saturday.”

Captain Bertie, from Charlie Hills’ yard, has been backed to 7-1 joint-favourite for Saturday’s £100,000 showpiece.