Monday 19 March 2018

Berry wants last laugh with Lashes

Fran Berry is hoping Laughing Lashes can step up to the mark and present him with another big-race winner in Ireland on Sunday.

The rider partnered Jessica Harrington's Pathfork to victory in the Futurity Stakes last Saturday and he is due to ride Laughing Lashes for the same trainer in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Beaten into second on her first two racecourse starts, the Mr Greeley filly came good when landing the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh last time.

Laughing Lashes will have to top the unbeaten Memory if she is to claim Group One glory at the weekend, but Berry expects Harrington's filly to come on again for her last outing.

"It would be very nice if it worked out. I'm really looking forward to Sunday," he said.

"I know the filly is in very good form and connections are looking forward to the big day.

"I saw Memory win at Newmarket and Ascot and obviously she's been very impressive. She's a worthy favourite, a short-priced one, and she's the one to beat.

"Jessie's filly is improving. She was very good at the Curragh the last day but quite green on her second start at Leopardstown, plus she didn't get the run of the race on the day.

"She learnt a lot from it and that showed at the Curragh and she can potentially improve again from that run."

Plans are still under consideration for Pathfork and while Berry rates Laughing Lashes highly, he believes the colt would have the beating of her at present.

"They have worked together and Pathfork would be a little bit more in front of her," he told At The Races.

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