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Top Offer confirmed for Guineas

by Michelle Fortune , 02 May 2012

Top Offer is an intended runner in the Qipco 2000 Guineas even if the Newmarket ground continues to ease.

Roger Charlton had planned to run his Dansili colt in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury but he withdrew him from the race the day before due to the rain-softened ground.

Recent heavy rain has resulted in conditions easing at Newmarket and it looks almost certain that the 2000 Guineas will be run on soft ground, but despite withdrawing him from the Greenham, Charlton has confirmed Top Offer will line up in Saturday's Classic .

"There are no doubts about him running - he'll run whatever the ground. The fact is, we don't know what ground he wants," said Charlton.

"I don't think we should read too much into the fact we didn't run in the Greenham because it was soft.

"We just didn't want him to have a very hard race on soft ground two weeks before the Guineas and as it turned out it was a messy race.

"If the Greenham had been three weeks before the Guineas, he probably would have run."

Top Offer only ran once as a juvenile after meeting with a setback and Charlton is unsure how his colt will handle softer ground, but he is willing to try it once.

"He is a very good moving horse and if you asked me whether I'd prefer good to firm ground or good to soft, of course I would say good to firm," he added.

"But that is not to say he definitely won't handle softer ground, we won't know until we run him on it.

"It might not be soft on Saturday anyway, we'll just have to see what happens, but he'll be running and I'm very happy with him."

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