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  • 14:05 William Hill Spring Mile 1m

  • (Handicap) (Str) £40,000 added 4yo+ 22 ran
  • Winner £24,900 2nd £7,456 3rd £3,728 4th £1,864
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 38.59s
  • Off time: 14:07:59

Spring puzzle to solve

Tricky start for Flat punters

Last Updated: 30/03/12 3:36pm

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Doncaster opener on Saturday

Doncaster opener on Saturday

Punters hoping to find the first winner of the 2012 Flat season have a 22-runner William Hill Spring Mile at Doncaster to puzzle over.

For at least 35 minutes one trainer and jockey will be leading their respective championships before the season kicks into full swing.

The race is for horses who fail to make it into the Lincoln and has been a great addition to the card.

One horse who has had the race as an aim for a while is Clive Cox's Perfect Cracker, who was in great form on the all-weather during the winter.

He won twice at Kempton in quick succession, although his hat-trick bid was thwarted and Cox feels he asked too much of him.

"He was very impressive twice at Kempton and then we probably ran him back a bit quick when he was beaten at Wolverhampton," said Cox.

"We've give him plenty of time since and have been targeting this race for a little while, so fingers crossed everything goes well.

"In light of the dry conditions, I have no worries about the ground."

Tony Newcombe's Leviathan won a good race at Salisbury last summer and has slipped back down to the same mark.

"He's been gelded since he last ran and he seems to be working very well at home," said Newcombe.

"He looks to have a good draw and he's in good shape, so hopefully he can run well, but it is very competitive - it's nearly as tough as the Lincoln itself.

"He won off this mark at Salisbury last summer and his form tapered off a bit afterwards, but perhaps we'd given him a hard enough time preparing him for some big races which in the end he didn't get into.

"It's going to be a bit of a lottery, but I hope he runs well."

Alan McCabe's Reve De Nuit has been keeping his eye in on the all-weather but the Nottinghamshire handler is a little concerned about the fast ground.

"I hope he can run a decent race as we were happy with his last run at Lingfield," said McCabe.

"He seems to go on any ground, although he might be a slightly better horse when there is a bit of give, so we'll see."

Prince Of Burma represents Jeremy Gask but the Wiltshire handler is not getting carried away about his chance as he would need to improve on his recent form.

"I hope he's got an each-way chance, although obviously he has to step up a little bit on what he's done so far," said Gask.

"He's won two already this year and I'm pleased with him at home, so fingers crossed."

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