Laughing Lashes and Fran Berry land the Keeneland Debutante Stakes from Misty For Me at the CurraghPICTURE: Patrick McCann/racingpostpix.com
Berry and punters put faith in Laughing Lashes
MEMORY will not have things all her own way in Sunday's Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, according to Fran Berry, who is set to ride second favourite Laughing Lashes - not to mention the punters who on Thursday caused her price to be cut to 7-2 (from 9-2).
Berry is looking forward to continuing his association with Laughing Lashes as he seeks a firstwin at Group 1 level.
Berry was on board when the Jessica Harrington-trained filly landed the Group 2 Debutante Stakes over the Moyglare course and distance this month and, while he has the utmost respect for 1,000 Guineasfavourite Memory, he expects the daughter of Mr Greeley to improve.
He said: "I know Laughing Lashes is in very good form. I saw Memory win atNewmarket and Ascot, and she is clearly a very good filly. She's unbeaten and a worthy favourite and looks the one we all have to beat.
"But Laughing Lashes is improving. She did it very well in the Debutante, improving from her previous run at Leopardstown, where she was a bit green and didn't really have the run of the race."
He also told At The Races: "The Leopardstown race taught her a good bit, and itshowed at the Curragh. She has the potential to improve again."
Laughing Lashes was cut to 7-2 (from 9-2) by Victor Chandler and Bet365 on Thursday, while Paddy Power, spokesman for that firm, said: "Punters are continuing to bash into Laughing Lashes as her course and distance win looks to be the best Irish form on offer."
The firm cut Misty For Me to 7-1 (from 8) for the Moyglare, and Power added: "Interestingly some backers also think that Debutante Stakes runner-up Misty For Me can reverse the form with Laughing Lashes."
Other market movers yesterday included, once again, Harry Patch, with Victor Chandler coming into line with other firms by offering 12-1 (from 14) for the William Hill Gold Cup at Ayr on September 18.
For the same race, Knot In Wood was cut to 25s (from 33s) by Paddy Power.
Paddy Power also cut Proponent for the Cambridgeshire (16-1 from 20), Espoir City for the Breeders' Cup Classic (14-1 from 20) and Frankel for the 2,000 Guineas (20-1 from 33).