Elsworth has Lincoln ambitions with Rip Orf

Big Doncaster handicap on the agenda for Victoria Cup winner

  • Wednesday 30 January
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David Elsworth is keen to let Ripp Orf take his chance in this year’s Unibet Lincoln, providing conditions are in his favour.

The son of Rip Van Winkle is one of 85 entries received for the traditional curtain raiser to the new Flat campiagn at Doncaster on March 30.

Last season the son of Rip Van Winkle finished in the frame in 12 of his 16 starts, which included four victories, the most significant coming in the Victoria Cup at Ascot in May.

Elsworth said: “He would want good ground. If the ground was good and not too soft he would go there. He is on the right sort of mark off 98 to get in as a lot of winners are rated between 98 and 100.

“It is too early to be crowing about his well-being, but he is in good form and is on course to go there.

“He does like coming off the pace, which would suit him. He has progressed nicely, so we will see if he can continue that, but he is a nice horse.”

Gabrial, winner of the race in 2015, is one of eight entries for trainer Richard Fahey, while David O’Meara, who was responsible for last year’s runner-up Lord Glitters has five possibles.

Chilean, who defeated subsequent French Derby winner Study Of Man in a Group Three at ParisLongchamp last year, is one of three potential runners for Manton handler Martyn Meade.

Other notable entries include 2016 Solario Stakes scorer South Seas, now under the care of Phil Kirby having made a switch from Andrew Balding.

The Adrian McGuinness pair of Saltonstall and Master Speaker feature among three Irish contenders along with the the Jim Bolger-trained Theobald.

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