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Winker's sights on Guineas test.

Peter Chapple-Hyam expects an imminent piece of work to shed some light on Winker Watson's prospects of staying the mile in the stanjamesuk.com 2,000 Guineas.

The son of Piccolo won all three of his races as a juvenile, two of which came at Group Two level, but has yet to be tested beyond six furlongs. "He's going straight to the Guineas but he'll go to Newmarket this coming week. Hopefully, they'll let me gallop there on Wednesday or Thursday," said the trainer.

Winker Watson is available at 10-1 with sponsors Stan James for the 2,000 Guineas, while stablemate Cape Amber currently trades at 9s for the 1,000 Guineas.

Raven's Pass, Confront and Twice Over are among a quality 19-strong entry for the banshahouse.com Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

John Gosden has said his Dewhurst Stakes third is likely to make his seasonal debut in either this Group Three over the 2,000 Guineas course and distance, or the Bathwick Tyres Greenham Stakes at Newbury next Saturday.

Tom Taaffe is considering Cheltenham's pounds 50,000 Mears Group Silver Trophy Chase for Glenfinn Captain.

Next Wednesday's Grade Two feature has attracted a 28-strong entry that includes three Paul Nicholls-trained horses, headed by Pendil Novices' Chase winner Oslot.

Glenfinn Captain has not won for well over a year, but only finished seven-and-a-half lengths behind the useful Schindlers Hunt at Fairyhouse last month.
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Date:Apr 12, 2008
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