It’s all Horse­play for the fil­lies’ test

The Racing Paper - - News -

AN­DREW Bald­ing be­lieves Horse­play ticks plenty of boxes when she lines up for to­day's bet365 Lan­cashire Oaks at Hay­dock.

The four-year-old heads north from Kingsclere with just two runs be­hind her in the past 12 months, but her lat­est ef­fort in May when she was sec­ond to Coronet in the Mid­dle­ton Stakes over an ex­tended mile and a quar­ter at York sug­gests she could be a ma­jor player.

Bald­ing be­lieves go­ing back up to a mile and a half will help the daugh­ter of Cape Cross.

“The York form looks strong and it was a de­lib­er­ate move to wait for this race,” he said.

“The step back up to a mile and a half cer­tainly shouldn't be a prob­lem and she looked to the han­dle the quicker ground well at York.”

O'Brien sends over Flat­ter­ing as he seeks to win this Group Two heat for the first time.

The Galileo filly was a lack­lus­tre fifth in the Ep­som Oaks but she bounced back when tak­ing the Mun­ster Oaks at Cork last time.

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