Ryan Moore Can Win His First Lincoln On Fire Brigade

2018 Cheltenham festival

Ryan Moore Can Win His First Lincoln On Fire Brigade


The Lincoln is the first leg of the Spring Double but the rider of the favourite and the horse backed this week will never ride in the second leg, the Grand National. Ryan Moore is arguably the best jockey in the world and his booking has seen a move on Fire Brigade whose price has halved in the last few days. However, as good as he is Moore wont get a mount in the most famous steeplechase in the world. However, in Fire Brigade he has a live chance in the Lincoln.

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Bizarre as it might seem one jockey has ridden won both races and this was in another era when the environment was slightly different. Weight restrictions means a Flat jockey would have to carry a huge amount of overweight to ride in the National. Richard Lee switched codes and he has won a race at Royal Ascot and the National. Some Flat jockeys have ridden in the bumper at the Cheltenham Festival but the two codes rarely converge. Dual purpose trainers and horses are the exception to the rule.

The Lincoln is the first major handicap of the turf Flat season and it is run over the straight mile at Doncaster on Saturday. Horses aged four and older are eligible and there will be a maximum field of 22 runners. There have only been two multiple winners and the leading jockey and trainer won the race four times over 100 hundred years ago. Since 1999 every winner has been aged 4, 5 or 6. The last four winners and seven out of the last eight carried nine stones or more to victory.


Since the start of the century four outright favourites have obliged but the latest winning market leader was Penitent at 3/1 in 2010. The average price of the winner over the last 10 years is 14/1 in a range from 3/1 to 25/1. Moore has never won the Lincoln but he came close last season. He rode the first three winners on the card but was beaten on the Lincoln favourite by a neck. The result saved the betting industry a £40 million payout and punters are backing Moore’s mount again.


Fire Brigade has made the field but is 21st in the weights so it was touch and go. The horse is trained by Michael Bell who was positive about his runner’s prospects when quoted in the Racing Post this week as follows:


“Fire Brigade hasn’t missed a day this winter and I’ve been very happy with his preparation. He’s bang on his racing weight and he likes soft ground so plenty of boxes are ticked. Hopefully we can put a smile on Ryan’s face on Saturday”.


If Moore starts the day with another treble and then steers Fire Brigade to victory in the Lincoln lots of punters will be smiling but the bookies will be unhappy. With Moore as the confirmed jockey Fire Brigade is the ante post favourite and Moore backers will be piling in on race day and the move could be justified.

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