Paul Hanagan's presence on Back Lane is a positive and having shown plenty of speed at Beverley, Richard Fahey's colt should be able to track over from a wide draw. Enough was thought of LINCOLN to try him in maiden at York and having gone on to run a respectable race at Ascot, we'll take Mick Channon's charge to get the verdict. Snugfit Sam ran far better than his finishing position suggests at Beverley and while needing to reverse form with Bounty Girl, the winner of that race has placed in a nursery at Thirsk. Northern Water was friendless in the market ahead of his debut at Ripon and was not disgraced behind two match fit rivals. Offshore Bond was the subject of some market confidence on his debut though Jedd O'Keeffe's inmate has been done no favours by the draw. Captain Midnight didn't navigate the clearest of passages at Ayr and he shouldn't be far away
Back Lane 11-1 (8-9) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 8, ns behind Belayer (8-9) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Captain Midnight (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden to challenge winner entering final furlong when slightly hampered and switched right, rallied towards finish, gaining on winner, 2nd of 7, hd behind Straits Of Malacca (9-5) at Ayr 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Gulland Rock 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, driven over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, behind final furlong, last of 6, 12l behind Speed The Plough (9-5) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Lincoln (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Soon chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Mappa Mundi (9-5) at Ascot 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Northern Water 9-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, every chance approaching final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Complicit (9-5) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Offshore Bond 5-1 (9-5) With leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Weisse Socken (9-0) at Chester 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Shared Equity Elnadim colt out of Pelican Key.
Snugfit Sam 16-1 (9-1) Dwelt, mid-division, pushed along over 1f out, one pace, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Tweety Pie (8-11) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Abisko (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear and outpaced, raced stands' side from halfway, never a factor, last of 11, 34l behind Beldale Memory (8-12) at York 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in May.
Bounty Girl (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led 1f, prominent, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Royal Mezyan (9-5) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gf.
Lucky Surprise 40-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Qawaasem (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (4) gf.