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Ground key for Cubanita

Future targets for Cubanita will depend largely on ground conditions after the mare got her season off to the best possible start at Newbury

The five-year-old lifted the John Porter Stakes at the Berkshire track to back up her success in the St Simon Stakes over the same course and distance on her final start of 2013.

She currently holds entries as varied as the Yorkshire Cup over a mile and three-quarters at York on May 16 and the mile and a quarter Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh nine days later.

"She's fine this morning, no problems," said trainer Ralph Beckett.

"We haven't decided where we go next with her, but it will be ground dependent.

"She'll have a few entries and we'll see what the ground does."

Beckett has also pencilled in first runs of the season for Talent and Secret Gesture, who gave the Kimpton trainer a Classic one-two in the Investec Oaks at Epsom last summer.

He said: "They are both in good shape. Secret Gesture might turn up in the Middleton Stakes at York next month and Talent might wait for the Coronation Cup (at Epsom) in early June."