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Levitate came out on top in a three-way photo finish to the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster

Updated: Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 15:42 | Comments

Levitate (yellow cap) charges late to beat Golden Village (right) and Brae Hill in the 2013 William Hill Lincoln
Levitate (yellow cap) charges late to beat Golden Village (right) and Brae Hill in the 2013 William Hill Lincoln

Levitate just denied Global Village and Brae Hill in a thrilling finish to the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster.

Last year's winner Brae Hill appeared set to enter the history books as a dual victor under Tony Hamilton but Levitate, having his first start for John Quinn, came with a late lunge under Darren Egan to deny the Richard Fahey-trained seven-year-old, who had also finished second two years ago.

Brian Ellison's Global Village absolutely flew home under Martin Lane and nabbed Brae Hill on the line for second.

Completing the places was Brae Hill's stablemate Justonefortheroad.

The well-fancied Eshtibaak held every chance heading into the final furlong but was run out of it close home.

Egan said: "My instructions were to get him across just behind the leaders, I got a bit of luck when he picked up and he stuck his head out to the line.

"I was pretty confident (on the line) but you couldn't be 100% sure."

Quinn added: "I was so happy he got in the race this week. He'd been working pleasingly and we thought he'd go in the ground.

"He had to go up another notch but Pivotals tend to improve with age.

"We decided to claim off him with Darren and it was the right thing to do. The 3lb won us the race.

"The lad had never ridden him but he rode him as we said."

"We won it (the Lincoln) with Blythe Knight (at Newcastle) and he just got done on the line by Smokey Oakey here as well.

"To win another Lincoln is phenomenal. It's great for the lads at home as it's been an awful winter for stable staff.

"It's the first horse we've had for Mr Wentworth (owner). We've had this horse since before Christmas.

"The first four home are trained in Malton. It's good for the town."

Brian Ellison said of Global Village: "He's run a blinder. I think his draw (one) has beat him. He was without cover.

"He finished well to show he stays a mile.

"He had a lot of runs in good races last year so now he has shown he stays a mile we might just pick them this year.

"We could think of going for the Victoria Cup again at Ascot which he won last year."

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