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Solar can take Lincoln by storm.

Blow away the bookies with Solar Storm in today's Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.

A few more showers would bolster extra confidence as my nap is a better horse when the mud is flying.

The horse has been working impressively at home and Newmarket trainer Michael Bell has made a brisk start on the all-weather.

"With the mild winter Solar Storm has not missed a single day's work and I couldn't be happier with him," said Bell yesterday.

The draw is always an imponderable but with speedy Albert The Bear berthed nearby there should be plenty of pace alongside Solar Storm.

He travels particularly well during his races and cruised to the front at York in October (picture above).

That was another step up in class after a battling success in the 19- runner Ladbrokes Ayrshire Handicap at the Western meeting.

Four-year-olds have taken the last three runnings and I'll be most disappointed if SOLAR STORM (3.10) can land some major ante-post bets.

Right Wing is another to prefer cut in the ground and is reported to be showing up well for John Dunlop since his transfer from Dick Hern's yard.

I suspect he's just a little high in the weights for what he has achieved on the formbook but there's no doubting he has plenty of scope for improvement.

The best alternative at a double-figure price is Nomore Mr Niceguy, attractively handicapped on turf compared to the all-weather.

Eric Alston tuned him up with a promising effort at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago when winner Fayik was on a winning roll.

Consort landed a competitive autumn handicap and is another worth consideration but as long as the ground doesn't dry up too much Solar Storm is the bet.

It's encouraging to see a Scottish horse running in a televised Conditions event and Jacmar has a live chance.

He was probably feeling the effects of a busy spell - including a trip to Ireland - when staying on at one pace in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar.

But Jacmar (2.35) didn't really run a bad race all season and could pop up at a nice price with Scorned certain to be sent off favourite.

Monaasib will probably be a short price and I'd prefer to dabble on Tedburrow (3.40), a winner first time out at Haydock on softish ground last season.

He had Monaasib behind when both finished in the ruck to Royal Applause in the Vernons Sprint.

The Mitsubishi Handicap is a brain-teaser and the each way tipple is Adjutant (4.10) who ran into some fairly decent types and is a stronger horse this year.

St Leger third The Fly (4.45) is very hard to oppose.

It's the final of the EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle at Newbury and Lucia Forte did us a turn last year.

Madam Muck (3.30) demolished her field at Ludlow and Hereford and appears on the upgrade.

Potentate has yet to win away from his beloved Chepstow and is passed over in favour of Rubhahunish (2.00), the subject of a massive plunge in Blowing Wind's Imperial Cup at Sandown a fortnight ago.

Carole's Crusader will be a tough nut to crack but Macgeorge (2.30) appreciates a bit of cut and should complete a hat-trick.

Calm Down (3.00) has been a revelation of late and the hat-trick is there for the taking.

At Bangor Aghawadda Gold (1.50) can strike it rich for the third time this season, while at Warwick's mixed meeting Lobster Cottage (2.05) can make up for an expensive mistake last time when well fancied before losing his jockey Rupert Wakley at the start of the race.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Thomson), GARRY OWEN (Alan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 28, 1998
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