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The Lincoln Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) at Doncaster in late March or early April.
It is traditionally the feature event on the first Saturday of Britain's turf flat racing season. It usually takes place one or two weeks before the Grand National, and for betting purposes the two races form the Spring Double. The only jockey to have ever won both legs was David Dick in 1956.
Lincoln Handicap Wikipedia
An event called the Lincolnshire Handicap was established at Lincoln in 1849. It was run over a distance of 2 miles in August.
The venue introduced the Lincoln Spring Handicap at a new fixture in March 1853. The first two runnings were over 1½ miles, and it was shortened to a mile in 1855. The summer race ended when the meeting was temporarily discontinued in the 1850s. The spring version was renamed the Lincolnshire Handicap in 1860.
The race continued to be held at Lincoln until 1964. It was transferred to Doncaster in 1965, following the closure of its former venue. From this point it was known as the Lincoln Handicap.
The bookmaker William Hill supported the Lincoln Handicap for several years prior to 1997. The company started a new period of sponsorship in 2006 which ran until 2014. Since 2015 the race has been sponsored by the bookmakers Betway.
Most successful horse (2 wins):Ob – 1906, 1907
Babur – 1957, 1958
Leading jockey (4 wins):Charlie Maidment – Indigestion (1868), Royal Rake (1870), Guy Dayrell (1872), Vestminster (1873)
Leading trainer (4 wins):Jack Robinson – Clorane (1896), Winkfield's Pride (1897), Prince Barcaldine (1898), Cinderello (1910)
Weights given in stones and pounds.
a b The race was run at Redcar in 2006 and Newcastle in 2007.
* The 1916 running took place at Lingfield Park.
** The 1942 run as "Northern Lincoln", 1943, 1944 and 1945 (run as "Substitute Lincoln") editions were held at Pontefract.