04/18/2007 11:00PM

Dutch Art has streak on line in Greenham


Dutch Art, second favorite behind Teofilo for the 2000 Guineas, will attempt to stretch his perfect record to 5 for 5 when he makes his 2007 debut in the Group 3, $100,000 Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Dutch Art won twice last year at the Group 1 level, at Deauville in the Prix Morny and at Newmarket in the Middle Park Stakes, but both of those victories came at six furlongs. While there is every reason to believe that Dutch Art, a Medicean colt, can get the Greenham's straight seven furlongs, there are some doubts about his ability to stay the mile of the 2000 Guineas.

Among the six opposing him at Newbury will be two very tough challengers in Captain Marvelous and Halicarnassus. A son of Invincible Spirit trained by Barry Hills, Captain Marvelous bounced back from a third-place finish to Dutch Art in the Middle Park to win the six-furlong Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte.

Halicarnassus is a Michael Channon-trained son of Cape Cross who won at the Greenham distance in Newmarket's Group 2 Superlative Stakes in July.

Newbury will also be the scene on Saturday of a key prep for the 1000 Guineas. Indian Ink heads a competitive field of 13 fillies. The winner of the six-furlong Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in September, Indian Ink, trained by Richard Hannon, is an improving daughter of Indian Ridge.

Three others who could have a hand in the outcome are Silca Chiave, who was third in the Cheveley Park and just a nose behind the victorious Miss Beatrix in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes; Silk Blossom, who beat Indian Ink by a half-length in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes in August; and Sesmen, winner of the Group 3 Prestige Stakes.

* At Newmarket on Thursday, Adagio confirmed his favoritism in winning the Group 3, $100,000 Craven Stakes, a course-and-distance prep for the 2000 Guineas on May 5. Seventh behind Guineas favorite Teofilo in the Dewhurst Stakes in October, Adagio, a Grand Lodge colt trained by Michael Stoute, overcame trouble to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths over Sonny Red, with Group 3 winner Thousand Words third. The final time on good to firm ground was 1:35.55, just 1.01 seconds off the track record.