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Charline still in Guineas mix

Marco Botti has revealed connections of Euro Charline are considering supplementing for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday week.

The daughter of Myboycharlie has made giant strides this winter, winning a maiden and a handicap on the all-weather at Wolverhampton before pushing Sandiva all the way in the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket last week.

As she is not entered in first fillies' Classic of the season, owners Team Valor would have to add her to the field on Monday at a cost of 30,000.

Botti said: "I was very happy with her in the Nell Gwyn. She ran a good race and was probably a little bit unlucky as she was checked at a crucial stage.

"She finished very well to finish just behind the winner and there is no doubt she will be better over a mile.

"It was a big step up from a Wolverhampton handicap, but I was fairly confident beforehand she wouldn't disgrace herself.

"You never really know until they do it on the racecourse, but she had been working well at home, so I wasn't surprised to see her run so well.

"The possibility of supplementing her for Newmarket has not been ruled out.

"She obviously handled the track well, but it is early in the season and the it would cost the owners 30,000, so I have left it with them to consider it.

"She is already in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, so if we don't run at Newmarket, she will probably take her chance there.

"There is plenty of time between the two races, so she could even run in both, but it is up to the owners to decide."

Euro Charline is one of a number of Botti-trained three-year-olds to have shaped encouragingly in recent Classic trials, but there is every chance none of them will be in action in the two Guineas' at Newmarket.

Al Thakhira was beaten just a head in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury, but looks set to skip the 1000 Guineas in favour of a tilt at the French equivalent.

"For her, it is just a case of waiting for softer ground," said Botti.

"I presume she will have a better chance of getting that in France, so that is probably what we are going to do - aim for the French 1000 Guineas."

Lat Hawill and Patentar finished fourth in the Greenham Stakes and Craven Stakes respectively, but are set to be prepared for Classics outside of Britain.

The trainer said: "We have not ruled out the English Guineas for Lat Hawill at this stage, but we are probably inclined to say we'll wait and run in the Irish Guineas instead.

"Patentar is also in the English Guineas, but I don't think he will run there.

"He didn't disgrace himself in the Craven and will come on for the experience, but it would be a huge ask to go back to Newmarket with him.

"We are considering the German Guineas for him and there are plenty of other options as well."