Monday 18 November 2019

lanigan shifts meeznah plans

TRAINER David Lanigan has ruled out taking Meeznah to Cork for Sunday's Kerry Group Noblesse Stakes.

Lanigan has entered her in the Group Three contest but is now looking at the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 2 and the Plantation Stud Stakes at Newmarket on July 16 for the four-year-old filly.


Lanigan expects Meeznah to improve a lot for her first run of the season at Haydock last month when she was third to Ferdoos.

He believes she will get better as the year goes on and live up to her second place behind Snow Fairy in the Oaks last summer, although she was later disqualified after failing a drugs test.

"We'll probably skip Ireland on Sunday and keep her either for the Lancashire Oaks or a Listed fillies' race at Newmarket next month. She'll go for one of those two," said Lanigan.

"She's in great form. She's very lazy at home and put on a lot of condition over the winter.

"We just wanted to get a race into her and for her to run well. She'll improve an awful lot from that.

"You'd expect a second in the Oaks for that race to be a penalty kick, but she had a long time off after her last race last year. She grew a lot and she got heavy.

"She doesn't help herself at home in the sense that she's a bit lazy. She had a good blow after the race, so she'll be a lot better later on."

Trainer Ralph Beckett has revealed Ceilidh House will be another withdrawn from Sunday's Noblesse Stakes.

The daughter of Selkirk has been kept in training as a four-year-old after finishing her season with a Listed race victory at Doncaster in November.

She started that campaign with a third-place finish in the Lingfield Oaks Trial but lost her way until striking on Town Moor.

"She won't go to Ireland, and the two races we are looking at are next week's Warwickshire Oaks and the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle," said Beckett.

"She is in good shape, we're just waiting for some softer ground."

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