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Zoo should tame rivals at Lingfield

Zoowraa can take a step forward from her latest start to win the EBF Normandie Stud Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

The headline race on what is a really competitive midweek card at the all-weather venue has attracted a strong field.

However, none are as unexposed as Zoowraa, who went into the “could be anything” category after winning both her starts for Michael Jarvis last season, including a Listed race at Newbury.

She joined Godolphin and reappeared in the French 1,000 Guineas, but something obviously went amiss as she trailed home last of 16 and was not seen again until two weeks ago.

Although she was a beaten odds-on favourite, it was not all doom and gloom as it appeared her jockey had miscounted his use of the whip.

Beaten by just half a length, one extra crack could have made all the difference.

The only downside is a tricky draw in stall 12.

The other Listed race, the EBF Cockney Rebel – A Leading First Season Sire River Eden Fillies’ Stakes, looks a trappy affair but it could be worth taking a chance on Highest.

Trained by John Gosden, the three-year-old looked promising early in the season, especially when not beaten by far by Dancing Rain.

Jeremy Noseda’s Call To Reason caught a tartar at Haydock last time out but can go one better in the Join Hot To Trot Racing Club Handicap.

She chased home Gosden’s Skilful, who should have won again off a much higher mark, at Doncaster on Saturday.

William Haggas’ Pearl War made a pleasing debut in a red-hot maiden at Newmarket and will take all the beating in the first division of the EBF Weatherbys Private Banking Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Fourth behind Clive Brittain’s Semayyel, who was second in a Listed race at the weekend, the third home, Hazel Lavery, has also franked the form against Samitar in a sales race.

In Kempton’s Play Cleopatra At bluesq.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, all eyes will be on Henry Cecil’s newcomer, Popular.

She may need the run like many of Cecil’s youngsters, indeed Midday was beaten

on her debut, but looks a contender.

Howard Johnson’s loss has been Paul Nicholls’ gain, and Doeslessthanme is the latest to be transferred in the Graham Wylie colours.

He represents the champion trainer in the Fastener Network Ltd Novices’ Chase at Fontwell and could be a useful recruit.