Britons invade Italy

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British horses account for half of the 14-strong field for tomorrow's Italian 2000 Guineas, the Group Two Premio Parioli at Capannelle, Rome.

Peter Chapple-Hyam bids for a second success in the one mile race with Hurricane State. The other British contenders are Air Express (Brett Doyle), Granny's Pet (Jimmy Fortune), Handsome Ridge (Frankie Dettori), Poseidon (Richard Hughes), Royal Aty (Kieren Fallon) and Sekari (Kevin Darley).

Hurricane State, a French Group Three winner, has the class but the slight worry for connections is that he has never tackled a mile before.

Clive Brittain's Air Express, fourth in Craven Stakes, should also go well, as should Paul Cole's Granny's Pet and David Loder's Sekari.

Italy's best hope could be Gianky Gioffry. He has won four of his five outings this season including the Listed Premio Daumier.

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