Muffri’ha has what it takes to win backto-back renewals of the Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield today.
The five-year-old is well liked by trainer William Haggas and must surely come into the reckoning after claiming this Listed race by nearly two lengths a year ago.
Muffri’ha was also narrowly beaten on her only other outing on the Lingfield all-weather so the Surrey circuit holds no terrors.
Moreover, her form this season at a higher level than this has been most pleasing, and she was hardly thumped out of sight in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in October.
Muffri’ha was then perhaps not completely at her best in the Darley Club Stakes nearly three weeks ago, but she nonetheless ran respectably enough.
This drop back in trip and class should do it for her.
The other Listed race on the card, the EBF Stallions River Eden Fillies’ Stakes, looks trappy enough, with a big field having been declared for what is always a nice test of stamina.
It would be folly to get too heavily involved, but there is enough to like about Pacharana.
Luca Cumani’s filly earned some black type in a similar sort of race at Yarmouth on 16 October, when third behind Aljezeera over 2800m. She looked a touch weary on the dash to the line that day so this slightly shorter trip might help Pacharana get her nose in front.
Having already won three times this year, she should not be done with just yet. Wootyhoot looks worth a play in a 1600m handicap at Chelmsford.
James Fanshawe’s inmate was only defeated by a head at this track four weeks ago and shaped as if he is a well-handicapped animal.
The assessor has bumped him up another 2kg for this assignment, but George Wood’s 1.5kg claim will again come in handy in that respect.
Though it is a little bit of a surprise to see him drop back in trip – his last race at Chelmsford was over 2000m – Fanshawe knows exactly what he is doing.
Sun Cloud has been a grand servant for Malcolm Jefferson over the years and made a heartening return to winning ways at Perth in September.
That success has not gone unnoticed by the assessor ahead of a 6400m handicap hurdle at Sedgefield, but he rarely lets the side down in these sort of races and can be trusted to come good once again.
– Press Association.