Rakaan (14) plundered a valuable handicap at Meydan last yearPICTURE: Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club
Prolific Osborne prepares dual assault on Lincoln
JAMIE OSBORNE has proven a punter's pal this year and the in-form trainer revealed on Saturday that he is lining two up for the first big race of the British turf season, both of whom he expects to go well.
Rakaan and Field Of Dream are set to represent Osborne, who boasts a £29.18 profit to £1 level stakes through the first three months of 2012, in the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster next weekend, and he has already saddled 16 winners this year, having notched only eight more than that in 2011.
Both horses are guaranteed a place in the £100,000 William Hill-sponsored handicap, with Field Of Dream on 9st and Rakaan 8st 12lb.
Osborne won one of the last major handicaps of the Flat season last year when Never Can Tell landed the Cesarewitch. The trainer said: "They both run. Rakaan's been off a long time as he had a few niggles but is going very well.
"He's a decent horse and I am sure he is capable of winning a heritage handicap; whether it is the Lincoln I'm not sure. Field Of Dream looks magnificent, having had his Lincoln prep in a warmer climate [Dubai]".
Five-year-old Field Of Dream won two Listed races earlier in his career, while Rakaan plundered a valuable handicap at Meydan last year.
On Saturday, Fury joined Eton Forever at the head of the market with Paddy Power at 8-1, but more of a shake-up in the betting will come on Monday at the forfeit stage.
At the Curragh on Sunday, Richard Fahey runs two of his British Lincoln entries, Take It To The Max and Arabian Spirit, in the Irish version sponsored by the Tote, for which Take It To The Max is second favourite with the sponsor at 7-1.