WILLIAM Hill Lincoln disappointment Captain Bertie will bid to land back-to-back Spring Cups at Newbury later this month.
Charlie Hills’ solid handicapper was easy to back at Doncaster on Saturday, although he had been a major gamble in the ante-post markets.
He never featured and trailed home in 16th place.
“We are a bit perplexed by Captain Bertie’s run in the Lincoln as he had been flying at home,” the trainer told www.charleshills.com.
“As long as he’s OK this week we will probably aim to go back to Newbury and try and win the Spring Cup again.”
Another of the stable’s reliable older horses, Red Jazz, finished last in the Godolphin Mile but may just have an excuse.
Hills said: “Things went against Red Jazz in Dubai where he was taken on and went too fast. He also gave a few coughs after the race so may not have been 100%. We’ll get him home and then go from there.”
n Mouse Morris hopes the absence of Simonsig from the John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Saturday will enable Baily Green to claim the spoils. The seven-year-old rattled off a seven-timer earlier in the season before being saved for a crack at the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival. Having travelled and jumped with aplomb, he just failed to reel in the free-going grey, eventually going down by just over two lengths.
While Simonsig is not among the 12 entries for this weekend’s Grade One contest, his trainer Nicky Henderson still has a big player in Captain Conan, already a Grade One winner over two miles.
Overturn and Grand Annual winner Alderwood are other headline entries. “He’ll definitely be going over,” said Morris. “There’s no SImonsig this time, so we’ll see how he goes. Just for a couple of strides I thought he was going to win the Arkle but the flatter track should really suit him. His jumping is so good, I knew he’d run well. I couldn’t understand what price he was compared to Avrika Ligeonniere as there shouldn’t have been much between them. Willie’s (Mullins) horse obviously didn’t run his race. I’d freshened him up for Cheltenham but he’s proved he can handle plenty of racing.”