Lincoln Handicap: Addeybb wins at Doncaster for William Haggas and James Doyle

Jockey James Doyle wins his first race at Lincoln on Addeybb
Jockey James Doyle wins his first race at Lincoln on Addeybb

Trainer William Haggas enjoyed a fourth success victory in the 32Red Lincoln Handicap with an impressive performance by Addeybb at Doncaster.

Ridden by James Doyle, the four-year-old (5-1) won by two and three-quarter lengths in tough conditions.

Top weight Lord Glitters started the 9-2 favourite and stayed on to claim second, with Mitchum Swagger third and Gabrial, the winner in 2015, fourth.

"He's a horse on the up," said Doyle. "He was lovely and relaxed."

Newmarket-based handler Haggas took the mile feature for the first time in 1992 with High Low and also won with Wise in 2007 and Penitent in 2010.

Doyle said: "I rode in the second race and it was pretty testing out there.

"This fella was strong throughout. When he gets there, he doesn't do a whole lot, but he quickened up well and put the race to bed.

"The ground was a bit of an unknown, but he had the right pedigree to do his stuff. He's such an unassuming horse. He goes through the motions, he's not a flashy work horse at home.

"I wouldn't like to say how far he could go, but he's certainly a horse on the up."

'Sandown now the target' - analysis

BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

William Haggas brushed aside the suggestion that having Addeybb so ready so early in the season added to the achievement, but he certainly won his first race since September very comfortably.

As Haggas was equalling the Lincoln-winning record of trainer Jack Robinson, it was impossible not to say that as soon as asked for an effort the horse stamped his authority "before you could say Jack Robinson".

The big Group Two mile race at Sandown in April 27 is now the target, and he looks one to follow in the season ahead.

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