Kameko to have prep run ahead of 2000 Guineas if fixtures there

Group One winner Kameko will be trained for the 2000 Guineas with one run beforehand if the fixtures are there, connections have revealed.

The three-year-old, a 16/1 shot for the first classic of the Flat season, won two of his four starts as a juvenile.

Finishing close-up on his other outings, the Andrew Balding-trained miler took Britain's first race at the highest level on an artificial surface last November.

The Vertem Futurity Stakes was moved to Newcastle, after Doncaster's fixture fell to the weather.

Kameko impressively stretched three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of his nearest rival, shaping as though he would get further.

His odds were cut for the Investec Derby, which is being moved from its usual summer slot (June 6) this year, along with the Guineas meeting (May 2-3).

Racing industry leaders made the announcement earlier this week, as they work through plans to reschedule the first four classics on the level.

David Redvers, racing manager for Kameko's owners Qatar Racing, said the 2000 Guineas is his first major assignment.

"Kameko was a flagbearer for us last season and won the Group One Vertem Futurity Stakes at Newcastle on the all-weather," he said.

"He has done fantastically well over the winter and we are very happy with him.

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