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Wince wins trial.

RACING: Seldom does a Henry Cecil-trained horse win a recognised Classic trial without barging its way to the front of the market for the race in question.

So bookmakers' offer of Wince at 16-1 for the Sagitta 1000 Guineas after a clearcut, if workmanlike, victory in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As Fred Darling Stakes) at Newbury yesterday will prompt a smile from blind followers of Warren Place.

Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill all list the daughter of Selkirk at 16-1 after her length-and-a-half beating of Golden Silca in the Group Three Newmarket warm-up.

No doubt, the form of the race falls way short of the Classic benchmark, but Wince showed a turn of speed between horses to win it and Cecil rates her good enough to represent Prince Khalid Abdulla, whose Rainbow High took the concluding Levy Board Seventh Race Handicap, on Sunday May 2, unless Andre Fabre has a better filly to run instead.

"She is stronger and has done well," he said. "She was always going very easily and it was a question of waiting for the gap.

"She is in at Newmarket but it depends what Prince Abdulla decides, and what Andre Fabre has in France.

"She is not what we call tuned up, and hopefully she will come on and it will be worth running her."

Wince's presence on the July Course would force Fallon to reject the coveted spare on Guineas favourite Moiava, made available by the suspension of Oliver Doleuze.

"If she runs, he rides," asserted Cecil. "He is my jockey."

Paul Cole may bid to better an already impressive record in Royal Ascot's two-year-old races with Porcini, convincing debut winner of the opening European Breeders Fund Beckhampton Novice Stakes.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 17, 1999
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