George Scott hoping Another Batt will show the benefits of a successful winter in Dubai during Lincoln Handicap
Trainer George Scott is under no illusions that it will be a very tall order for Another Batt to win Saturday’s Unibet Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster (3.35pm).
However, the Hamilton Road-based trainer is hopeful that a successful winter spent out in Dubai will help his four-year-old to make an impression in the feature race on the first weekend of the new British Flat racing turf season.
The son of Windsor Knot, who is owned by Excel Racing, of which Southampton striker Charlie Austin is a member, picked up around £100,000 in prize money from his stint in the Middle East.
And Scott is keen to see the Dubai Carnival winner continue that form back on British soil.
“A lot of horses would find all of that travelling a bit overwhelming at times but this horse seems to enjoy it. He has come back in great condition and the trip has certainly benefited him, both financially and physically,” said the Saffron House Stables trainer.
“He likes being on the go and does not really enjoy being turned out – he can come back a little bit stiff from that.
“The Lincoln is one of the earlier handicaps that he can be competitive in. He got put in the race with a mark of 107 and there are not many other options for him, but I am not too worried about the trip, especially with the ground drying out.
“There are a lot of seasoned handicappers in the race – only a couple are younger and lightly raced.
“It is going to take a huge amount of winning and the northern trainers have had a lot of success in this race.
“I can see Another Batt running a competitive race but I am realistic about his chances.
“He turns up every time and runs his heart out. Where that puts him I am not sure, but there are a bracket of horses that are very similar with not much between them.
“They have done of plenty of racing, we all know a lot about them, and maybe Another Batt might just have a fitness edge over the ones that have had a winter off.”