Best Terms: could head straight for the 1,000 Guineas if ground is too softPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Best Terms not a definite for 1,000 Guineas trial
TRAINER Richard Hannon has said that Best Terms could miss the Dubai Duty Free Stakes - also known as the Fred Darling Stakes - at Newbury on Saturday if the ground is too soft.
Hannon, who will make a decision on her participation after inspecting the ground on the morning of the race, also said the filly could head straight to Newmarket for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas without a prep run.
Quoted on his website, Hannon said : "Will Edmeades, racing manager to the Barnetts who own Best Terms, has always been for going straight for the Guineas so if we are not happy with the ground we will wait for Newmarket.
"Best Terms has not grown since last year, but she has been working very well up at Everleigh, and she is fit enough.
Richard Hannon: upbeat about the chances of Bronterre on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
"We think that she will stay the seven and she switches off at home, which is encouraging, but we won't know about the mile until we get to Newmarket."
Hannon will also field Bronterre in the AON Greenham Stakes on Saturday and he was upbeat about the colt's chances on the rain-softened ground.
"Bronterre looked to love the rain-softened ground whenhe won by five lengths at Goodwood last September so he should be in his element in the conditions," the trainer added.
"Bronterre worked well with Trumpet Major when they went to Newbury for an away day recently and he seems in very good form.
"I have never made any secret how highly I rate Roger Charlton's Top Offer but they are worried about the ground for him, so we just might get lucky."