DUAL Cambridgeshire winner Bronze Angel heads a maximum field of 22 for the Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.
Marcus Tregoning’s stable stalwart will have to defy the welter burden of 9st 11lb if he is to add the first leg of the spring double to his two wins last autumn.
Ocean Tempest, the 20-1 winner of the Town Moor feature for John Ryan 12 months ago, will try to become the first horse since Babur 57 years ago to land back-to-back Lincoln victories over the straight mile.
All of the leading ante-post fancies have been declared, including market leader Mange All, trained by William Haggas.
Gm Hopkins, Zarwaan, Moohaarib and Gabrial’s Kaka from Richard Fahey’s stable are among other runners with a major chance.
Withdrawals from connections of horses that were guaranteed a place were Stuccodor, Empire Storm, Boomshackerlacker, Penitent and Red Avenger.
The draw was conducted live on At the Races by trainer and former England international Mick Channon and West Ham striker Andy Carroll.
Channon was happy with stall nine handed to his runner, the aptly-named Lincoln.
“We don’t know what the weather is going to do the next two days,” said the West Ilsley handler.
“Normally you want middle to high when the ground is good, when it’s soft you probably want low.
“We’re probably where you’d want to be - in the middle and we can go either way.”
Moohaarib was the first horse drawn out and will race from stall 19. He was followed out by Bronze Angel (14) and Mange All (seven).
Several of the major fancies came out of the bag early, with Gm Hopkins given stall 21, Zarwaan (18) and What About Carlo (12).
Gabrial’s Kaka was handed the highest draw in 22, with owner Dr Marwan Koukash’s other hopeful, Gabrial, coming from stall 15.
Trainer George Baker’s two runners came out after each other, with Jack’s Revenge and Belgian Bill drawing 17 and two respectively.
Ocean Tempest will race from stall 10, having won from number three last year.