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Noblesse off Meeznah agenda

Meeznah is likely to be kept in Britain for her next race with a trip to Ireland for Sunday's Kerry Group Noblesse Stakes virtually ruled out.

Trainer David Lanigan has entered her in the Group Three contest at Cork but is now looking at the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 2 and the Plantation Stud Stakes at Newmarket on July 16 for the four-year-old filly.

Lanigan expects Meeznah to have improved a lot for her first run of the season at Haydock last month, when she was third to Ferdoos.

He believes she will get better as the year goes on and live up to her second place behind Snow Fairy in the Oaks last summer, although she was later disqualified after failing a drugs test.

"We'll probably skip Ireland on Sunday and keep her either for the Lancashire Oaks or a Listed fillies' race at Newmarket next month. She'll go for one of those two," said Lanigan.

"She's in great form. She's very lazy at home and put on a lot of condition over the winter. We just wanted to get a race into her and for her to run well. She'll improve an awful lot from that.

"You'd expect a second in the Oaks for that race to be a penalty kick, but she had a long time off after her last race last year. She grew a lot and she got heavy.

"She doesn't help herself at home in the sense that she's a bit lazy. She had a good blow after the race, so she'll be a lot better later on."

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