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Lanigan mulls over Meeznah

Whatever riches await David Lanigan, he will forever be indebted to Meeznah.

The emerging Newmarket handler, a former right-hand man to Henry Cecil, was again left in quiet amazement by his four-year-old filly in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

Softly spoken Lanigan had already experienced quite a journey with his flag-bearing thoroughbred, even before she snared Group Two honours on Town Moor.


Runner-up in last year's Oaks, only to be disqualified for testing positive for a banned substance, her finest hour before the Park Hill was victory in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood in July.

Then followed an uncharac- teristic no-show in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury, in which she perplexed connections by finishing seventh.

But with Frankie Dettori having retained the faith in South Yorkshire, Meeznah turned in an all-action display which rightly provoked chatter of a possible trip to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup.

"I gave her an easy week and she had two pieces of work coming in here," explained Lanigan.

"She's a difficult filly -- the day she goes five lengths clear in a piece of work is probably the day she's gone over the top, but she did her work fine. This has been the plan all year."

Lanigan added: "She could run at Ascot (Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes), she could go to France, and she's in the Melbourne Cup.

"There is a lot to decide, there will be no rash decision on plans."