Lincoln market sharpens up

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The market for the Lincoln Handicap on 23 March burst into life yesterday with Sharp Prospect and Beauchamp Jazz attracting support.

The former, trained by Reg Akehurst and a runaway winner of the Spring Mile consolation event last season, kept the Ladbroke phone lines busy and was been supported down from 25-1 to 12-1 favouritism.

Similarly, Beauchamp Jazz, trained by champion trainer John Dunlop, was the subject of some hefty support down from as high as 33-1 to 16-1.

One punter staked pounds 1,000 each-way on the Gay Kelleway-trained Samwar at 33-1 with the Tote, who subsequently brought the four-year-old into 20-1.

Among the other horses to attract money were Neville Callaghan's Tarawa, Mary Reveley's Billy Bushwacker and The Queen's Beyond Doubt - a springer from 33-1 to 12-1 joint-favourite with Ladbrokes.

Latest betting with William Hill, the race sponsors, is: 12-1 Sharp Prospect, 14-1 Beyond Doubt, Tarawa, 16-1 Beauchamp Jazz, Billy Bush-wacker, Decorated Hero, Delta Soleil, 20-1 others.