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Soprano's set to sing at Haydock

Paul Deegan has confirmed his star mare Midnight Soprano is an intended runner in Saturday's bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

The six-year-old won five times during a superb 2012 campaign and took her game to another level on her seasonal return, securing a first win at Pattern level in last month's Group Three Noblesse Stakes at Cork.

She is set for another step up in class on Merseyside this weekend, but Deegan is confident his charge is up to the task.

Deegan said: "It's more than likely she'll run on Saturday and she came out of her last race extremely well. She's in tip-top order.


"She's a Group Three winner now and a Group Two is the obvious next step. I think she's a solid Group Two mare.

"I think it's good ground there (at Haydock) at the moment, so it should be perfect."