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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Meydan form means Muffri'ha has leading chance for Haggas

Muffri'Ha: registered a third Listed success and now looks set for the breeding sheds
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2.40 Lingfield

32Red All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes | 7f | 4yo+ fillies and mares | ITV4/ATR

It is easy to see why Muffri'Ha heads the betting for the fourth running of this £150,000 heat.

The top-rated (109) distaffer in the race, she was third against the boys in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan last time, form that makes her the one to beat.

However, that effort came over a mile and a furlong so she will need to show some toe to keep tabs on some of her rivals.

Real deal
Realtra is rated just 2lb below Muffri'Ha and trainer Roger Varian's last two runners at Lingfield have won, albeit at odds of 4-11 and 1-20.

On Point again?
The Mick Channon-trained Volunteer Point is two from four at Lingfield and won this race 12 months ago.

Lucky course
Gay Kelleway's pair Lady Lydia and Yeah Baby Yeah appear outsiders, but the trainer has had more winners at this venue in the last five years than any other track.

What they say

Kevin Ryan, trainer of Ashadihan
She's come out of her last race well and this was always the plan. She likes time between her races – she likes to be fresh – and I don't think the track will be any hardship. She wasn't fully tuned up for her first start, while the weather's been kind to us and fillies thrive when they get a bit of sun on their back.

Charlie Fellowes, trainer of Carolinae
She'll need to improve but if you discount the top three in the market she'd have every chance and they're not as reliable on the all-weather as my mare, which could give her the edge.

Andrew Balding, trainer of Make Music
She has a lot to find, but seems better at this track than anywhere and that can count for a lot at Lingfield.

William Haggas, trainer of Muffri'Ha
She's against specialist seven-furlong fillies and possibly wants further, but her overall form is just as good as theirs and we're putting cheekpieces on to help. She's well and ran with great credit in Dubai.

Roger Varian, trainer of Realtra
She'd have an excellent chance on her best form and clearly acts well on Polytrack. I’ve equipped her with blinkers to help sharpen her up, although she’s been a handed a tough draw being berthed widest of all in stall 12.

If you discount the top three in the market then she'd have every chance and they're not as reliable on the all-weather as my mare is
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