Last year's winner Sweet Lightning has been taken out of the William Hill Lincoln, in which 2010 victor Penitent will now carry top weight at Doncaster on Saturday.

Now with David O'Meara, Penitent was bought for 40,000 guineas by Middleham Park Racing and was sent to the Nawton handler. O'Meara also has a strong second string to his bow in Smarty Socks.

O'Meara, who made his mark in no uncertain terms last season, is looking to begin the new campaign the way he ended the last one - by saddling plenty of winners.

"Smarty Socks and Penitent will be our two runners, we have a third entry in Mont Ras but he won't get in (43rd on list)," said O'Meara.

"Penitent won the Lincoln off 98, he likes a bit of soft ground and he's off 108 now. We haven't had him long, Middleham Park bought him and kindly sent him to us."

“The two horses are very different, Smarty loves firm ground while Penitent likes a bit of cut. One's a former winner while the other is at the top of his game and now running off 102 and has to improve again.

"Penitent has been there and done it and has slipped down a bit.

"Smarty is a hold-up horse whereas Penitent sits handy. Smarty is probably more effective at seven and he needs a strong-run race but he has won over a mile. He does have an issue sometimes of missing the break but he can cope with it.

"Smarty does like Doncaster. He's won there a couple of times but has to raise his game again. He finished sixth in the Spring Mile last year and tends to get better as the summer goes on and the ground gets quicker."