Swift aiming to get job done
Last Updated: 19/03/13 1:04pm
Jim Crowley: Booked to ride Belgian Bill
Declan Carroll is one man who is pleased the new Flat season will begin on soft ground as his William Hill Lincoln hope Swiftly Done is at his best when the mud is flying.
He won twice last summer in testing conditions, ran well in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood but found the quicker ground against him in the Cambridgeshire.
While Carroll expects his stable star to improve throughout the season, he is fit enough to do himself justice with so much prize money on offer.
"The draw will obviously be a big factor," said Driffield-based Carroll.
"The Cambridgeshire didn't really happen for him, the ground was too fast in the end as he likes a bit of cut, which he should get this week.
"He's ready to run but it's a long season so there will be a bit of improvement in him. Later in the season he might be a Listed or a Group Three horse, but there's more money to be won in the big handicaps.
"I'm sure there's a nice race in him somewhere. I don't know where I'd like him to be drawn, it depends where the pace is I suppose but I'd imagine we'll be dropping him in for some cover, we'll just have to take it as it comes.
"We have aimed him at this, but I do expect him to improve."One man not pleased with all the recent rain is George Baker for his potential runner, Belgian Bill.
He ended last season in great form and has had a couple of recent runs in Dubai.
Writing on his blog on www.georgebakerracing.com he said: "Belgian Bill with Jim Crowley jocked up for Saturday's Lincoln.
"But the ground (is) a worry, a big worry. The track does drain well, but whether "good to soft" will feature by Saturday is debatable. As ever, (it is) in the hands of the weather Gods, who do their very best to make our lives as tough as possible."