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Tazahum - Sandown - 24.04.2011

Captain Bertie (right): will be ridden by William Carson in the Lincoln

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Lincoln delay no problem for Captain Bertie - Hills

TRAINER Charlie Hills has no concerns about the delay to the William Hill Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster and believes Captain Bertie is in top condition for the rearranged contest.

Captain Bertie is favourite to land the 1m Lincoln, which will be run at Doncaster this weekend after snow claimed the first major raceday of the new British Flat turf season on Saturday.

The postponement of the Lincoln means the fixture clashes with the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan and Hills feels this is again to Captain Bertie's advantage with the horse's original rider William Carson staying at home while other jockeys leave for Dubai.

Hills said: "Captain Bertie is still in great form at home and the extra week shouldn't be a problem. We also don't have the headache of trying to find another jockey which quite a few of the trainers of the favourites do."

As well as Captain Bertie at Doncaster, Hills will be represented at Meydan by Red Jazz in the Godolphin Mile.

Writing on his website, Hills added: "We're really pleased with Red Jazz's draw of three in the Godolphin Mile. Ryan Moore will have him out of those stalls ASAP and up there on the pace.

"[Travelling head lad] Geoff Snook reports that he's been in great form since his last run and they're both enjoying the sunshine."

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