Muffri'Ha out to overcome wide draw as she aims for Lingfield repeat

Wed 1 Nov 2017

William Haggas hopes Muffri'Ha can overcome a wide draw and claim the 32Red EBF Stallions Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes for the second year in succession at Lingfield on Thursday.

The Newmarket handler feels that the daughter of Iffraaj has more on her plate in this year's renewal of the one mile Listed contest after being drawn in stall 11.

Although out of luck at Group race level on her last two starts the four-year-old claimed the second Listed win of her career at Newmarket in September on her return from a four month break.

Haggas said: "Muffri'Ha is fine and seems in good form. She had a similar programme this time last year before coming to Lingfield and winning easily, but she was drawn in stall two then whereas on Thursday she is in stall 11, which isn't so good.

"She may be off to get married after this, although if she wins, we might aim her for Good Friday. We will see."

Saeed Bin Suroor expects Promising Run to make her presence felt before being spending another winter in Dubai. Despite the daughter of Hard Spun showing little on her first start in Britain this season at Goodwood in September the Newmarket handler believes a line can be put through that run.

He said: "She is an improving filly and she now looks much better physically. She has been working well and the trip should suit her. She is in great form and we looking for a good result from her.

"It was too soft for her last time and this time it will be better for her. We will take her back to Dubai after this race and find some fillies races out there for her."

Ralph Beckett feels that Melodic Motion will prove tough to beat if showing her true colours in the 32Red EBF Stallions River Eden Fillies' Stakes.

The daughter of Nathaniel took her form to new heights last time out when dead-heating for second behind stablemate Alyssa in a Group Two at Doncaster.

Beckett said: "She is in good form and it seemed the obvious race for her to go for. We are looking forward to running her again.

"She ran a cracker at Doncaster and if she reproduces that in this she will be hard to beat. Dropping back to one-mile-five will not be a problem as she travels well through her races."

A switch to the all-weather is not expected to inconvenience Haggas' Daphne in her attempt to get back to winning ways having finished fourth at the same level at Yarmouth last time out.

Haggas said: "I think Daphne will run a good race in this. She got trapped wide at Yarmouth last time, which didn't suit her at all, but she will be fine this time."

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