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The G3 Greenham S. at Newbury on Saturday, April 20, has been identified as a likely starting point for Alyanaabi (Ire) (Too Darn Hot {GB}) as he prepares to embark on his three-year-old campaign.

Trained by Owen Burrows, Shadwell’s Alyanaabi proved himself a smart juvenile in 2023 when he won the G3 Tattersalls S. at Newmarket before going on to fill the runner-up spot behind City Of Troy (Justify) in the G1 Dewhurst S. over the same course and distance.

City Of Troy is a short-priced favourite to maintain his unbeaten record when, all being well, he lines up in the G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas back at Newmarket on Saturday, May 4, but Burrows is not shirking the rematch should Alyanaabi come through his preparation for the opening Classic of the season in good shape.

“I’m very pleased with him,” Burrows said of the talented colt. “He’s done well [over the winter] and we’ve just started faster work with him. We might give him a run [in a Guineas trial]. If he goes anywhere he’ll probably go to the Greenham at Newbury. It just sort of makes sense as it’s just up the road for us and luckily he had a couple of runs at Newmarket last year, so he handles the Rowley Mile well by the look of it.

“We’re a long way off and, like most people, we’ve not been able to do much on the grass as yet. It would be nice for it to dry out a little bit so we can get a bit of work on the grass into him, but we’re happy that he might just go to Newbury and have a run before the Guineas. City Of Troy is the standout at the minute, but you can’t run away from one and we’d like to think that we’ll be up there with a few of the others, so we shall see.”

Burrows has a second entry for the 2000 Guineas in the shape of Deira Mile (Ire), last seen finishing fourth in the G1 Futurity Trophy S. at Doncaster in October, but the trainer considers it unlikely that the son of Camelot (GB) will take his chance at Newmarket.

“I’ll be honest, I’ve got him in the English Derby and the French and the Irish [Derbys] and we’ve just put him in the Guineas in case for whatever reason he doesn’t stay,” Burrows added. “I’d be amazed if he doesn’t because that’s all he did in the Futurity and obviously that was over a mile in heavy ground.

“The Guineas entry is just a speculative entry, but the owner was happy to cover all bases and he’s going to be treated like a Derby horse, who will start over a mile and a quarter at the beginning of April and then we’d be expecting to hopefully look at a Derby trial with him after that.”

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