Watson prepares for Golden Mile

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 2000 Guineas.

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 2000 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 Newmarket trainer.

“He’s been working well and I haven’t put the gun to his head yet but it’s now time.

“In his races last year he wanted every yard of the six (furlongs) and we were going to step up to seven.

“We probably would have found out (if he would stay) then, but circumstances didn’t let us,” he told At The Races.

“When he works at Newmarket I suppose I’ll have a better idea as I will work him over the full mile.”

Winker Watson is available at 10-1 with sponsors Stan James for the 2000 Guineas, while stablemate Cape Amber currently trades at 9s for the 1000 Guineas.

Chapple-Hyam has been pleased with her progress since winning a Newmarket maiden at two, but admits the Juddmonte Oaks could offer the best chance of Classic success.

“She’s a filly I’ve obviously liked a lot but she went wrong as well last year,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She’s working really nicely but she works like a staying filly to be honest.

“She is in the Guineas though and that probably is the plan, although I think really she might be more of an Oaks filly.”

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