It’s all Horseplay for the fillies’ test
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.