West Ham striker Andy Carroll will be joined by Mick Channon to make the draw for the Betway Lincoln live from At The Races studio on Thursday morning.
The £100,000 handicap at Doncaster on Saturday signals the start of the flat season and former England and Southampton winger Channon will be represented by the aptly-named Lincoln, a four-year-old winner of his last two races.
The duo will team up to draw the stalls for the 22 remaining runners in the one-mile showpiece and will be broadcast live from 11.00am on At The Races and Sky Sports 3. Race sponsors Betway will give Andy Carroll a £250 each way charity bet on the horse drawn number nine, his West Ham shirt number.
Betway signed a record sponsorship deal with West Ham in February to become the club’s principal sponsor and asked Channon get involved after meeting up with trainer to discuss the chances of his horse for Saturday’s big race.
Mick Channon Rates Lincoln Chances In Doncaster Showpiece
Lincoln, named after the film not the historic handicap, will be stepping up to a mile for the first time and this is what Channon has to say about the four-year-old when interviewed by Betway:
“We’re very pleased with Lincoln, he’s been working well. All his work’s been solid and it certainly won’t be fitness that beats him.
Obviously it’s his first time over a mile, on pedigree he should get it, but he does have a lot of speed. We could always go back to seven if the worst comes to the worst.
We feel that he’s settling better as he’s getting older, so there’s every reason he will stay. He won over seven as a two-year-old on soft ground so he should be okay.
The ground doesn’t really matter, we just wouldn’t want anything too firm for him. Good ground would be fine.
He can lead but over a mile I think we’ll take a lead. The great thing about him is that he can be handy and he settles well, it doesn’t really matter how the race falls. He’s got good tactical speed.
He’s a decent horse and he’s definitely an improver. We’re really just hoping we can turn up and be competitive. He’s a big price at 25/1.”
Andy Carroll Will Have Few Better Opportunites To Serve West Ham This Season
Carroll hasn’t played for West Ham since injuring his knee against Southampton in February. The Club’s record signing has been plagued with setbacks since joining the Hammers for £15m in May 2013 in which time he’s made 30 appearances and scored seven goals.
The England international recently returned to the gym on his way to recovery but is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the current campaign with PR gigs like this one, his best chance of helping out the club this season.
Betway’s Alan Alger is pleased to have the big striker on board, saying:
“We are delighted to have Andy Carroll and Mick Channon on hand to pull those all-important names out of the hat for the eagerly-anticipated Betway Lincoln and wish all connections the best of luck for the Flat season’s curtain-raiser.”
The draw was once a defining feature of the Lincoln Handicap but in the last 10 renewals the winners have come from across the track, although the last two victors, Ocean Tempest and Levitate came from stall number three.