Saturday 16 December 2017

Lanigan takes Pride in Meeznah form

David Lanigan is praying that Meeznah can finally open her Pattern-race account in the Pride Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday week.

The three-year-old ran a fantastic race to finish a narrow second to Snow Fairy in the Oaks at Epsom back in June and she has since run well in defeat in the Irish Oaks, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Park Hill Stakes.

A lack of stamina was to blame for her defeat in the latter race at Doncaster and she will be back over a mile and a half at British racing's headquarters on Champions' Day.

"She's in great form and did a nice piece of work on Wednesday, which went well," said Lanigan.

"Hopefully she's going to run, although we wouldn't want too much rain for her.

"They are saying it's good to soft at the moment and that should be fine."

Kieren Fallon has been on board the filly for her last couple of races but Lanigan hopes that Ted Durcan, in the plate at Epsom and at the Curragh, will be able to renew his association with her next weekend.

"We'll have to see what Godolphin are doing but Ted's hopefully set for the ride," the trainer added.

David Elsworth, meanwhile, is likely to unleash a twin assault on the Group Two contest.

Long-time flag-bearer Barshiba is set to bow out in the mile-and-a-half contest as she heads off to a new life among owner-breeder Jeff Smith's band of broodmares, while emerging star Myplacelater is also set to take her chance.

Elsworth said: "They probably are both going to run, which isn't ideal from our point of view.

"It will most likely be Barshiba's swansong and Myplacelater has a chance so I have to run her too.

"I would love them to both win but that can't happen -- a dead-heat would be ideal, but very unlikely.

"When Barshiba ran last time, I don't think she ran her best race.

"It was the Yorkshire Oaks and it was a Group One but she has got better form than that -- last year she was only beaten three and a quarter lengths behind Sariska in that race.

"She is pleasing us at the moment and it would be nice if she goes out on a high note.

"I think Myplacelater has been pretty impressive all season.

"Other people don't seem to have thought so but we don't worry about that.

"She can do her own talking."

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