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Ground key to Cheveley team

Kingsgate Native and Smoothtalkinrascal could appear in the Temple Stakes at Haydock if conditions are suitable.

Kingsgate Native won the race in 2010 for Sir Michael Stoute and struck again 12 months ago for current trainer Robert Cowell.

He won on firm ground last year, though, and the forecast is for plenty of rain before the weekend in the Merseyside area.

Soft ground was also put forward as the reason for Smoothtalkinrascal's disappointing run in France last time out.

Chris Richardson, racing manager for the stud, said: "The forecast doesn't look good, so we'll just hope it's wrong.

"This is where we've aimed Kingsgate Native so we hope he gets to run.

"Smoothtalkinrascal was very disappointing in France and as he'd run well at Ayr on fast ground we are putting it down to the soft.

"We might out a visor on him to sharpen him up."

By contrast, North Yorkshire trainer David Barron wants to see the rain for Pearl Secret.

He won on his return at Nottingham but was only eighth in the Palace House at Newmarket behind Sole Power and Kingsgate Native, albeit beaten just over three lengths.

"He's absolutely fine and, as things stand, he's an intended runner," Barron told At The Races.

"There's no reason to think he won't be there but we'd just like to see the rain that is forecast."