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Racing: Mighty Quinn's bookie basher.

THE Lincoln Handicap, so often the punters' graveyard, became the bookmakers' nightmare at Doncaster yesterday.

Right Wing, ridden with supreme confidence by Richard Quinn, landed an almighty gamble after being backed from 9-1 down to 9-2 favourite.

Settled behind the early pacemakers, Right Wing was brought with a tremendous run inside the final furlong to get up close home to beat 6-1 second favourite Captain Scott by half a length, with Night Of Glass one length away third.

Several horses were squeezed for room as they approached the run-in, but the ice-cool Quinn steered his mount clear of trouble.

"He's an easy horse to ride, said Quinn. "He travels well and I was pretty confident once an opening appeared.

"I followed Jimmy Fortune on Captain Scott and my fellow quickened well when I asked him to."

A 5lb penalty for a win on the all-weather track at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago may have been the difference between defeat and victory for the runner-up.

He looked the likely winner as Fortune brought him to challenge Night Of Glass, but had no answer to Right Wing's late thrust.

It was Quinn's second Lincoln win after Kuala Lipis in 1997 and a great training performance by John Dunlop who has had the Lincoln as the five- year-old's main target since he finished third last year.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Lynx, Larry
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 28, 1999
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