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Talking Horses: tips for everything from the Lincoln to Dubai World Cup

Safe Voyage appeals at Doncaster, bearing in mind the way in which he finished to land the Ahonoora last summer

As the stalls clang open at Doncaster for another season of Flat racing on turf, punters have to ask themselves once more how they feel about taking odds such as 7-2 in a hot 22-runner handicap. Three of the past 10 winners of the Lincoln have been short-priced runners from Newmarket, so it would be foolhardy to strike a line through the name of Auxerre just because the value has gone.

Still, he will need to take a big step forward on the form of his half-length win at Kempton in October and an each-way alternative is my preferred way of tackling this race. Safe Voyage (3.35) appeals most at 20-1, bearing in mind the strength with which he finished to land the Ahonoora at Galway last summer.

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