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Impressive Lincoln success for Auxerre


Progressive four-year-old Auxerre gained a fourth straight win when making all for a dominant victory in the valuable Lincoln Heritage Handicap over the straight mile on turf at Doncaster, UK, on Saturday, 30 March.

The Charlie Appleby-trained son of Iffraaj broke well and was immediately sent to the front by James Doyle as the 19 runners converged down the centre of the course.

Auxerre was asked to go and win his race approaching the final furlong and readily went clear before being eased near the line to come home two and a quarter lengths ahead of Kynren in 1m 36.82s on ground described as good, good to firm in places.

James Doyle reported: “Charlie is such a great guy to work with.

“I spoke to him earlier – he is obviously under a lot of pressure in Dubai with lots of important runners – but he said that I knew what I was doing and that I should have confidence in Auxerre.

“I was looking at the race and thought that it could get messy. I know that Auxerre gets every yard of this trip, so I thought that we could do it all by ourselves. He kept rolling and it took me until the mile and a half start to pull him up.

“Auxerre is not slow - he has a tremendous cruising speed and could get a little further, although there is no need to step him up in trip quite yet.

“He likes give in the ground and there is the G2 Sandown Mile (Friday, 26 April), which last year’s Lincoln winner Addeybb also won, to consider.

“He will certainly moving out of handicap company for now, that’s for sure.”