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Hanagan keen on Lady's chance


Barefoot Lady

Barefoot Lady

Barefoot Lady

Paul Hanagan is keen to see how Barefoot Lady acquits herself when she steps up to 10 furlongs in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York.

Hanagan has had a fine run out of the Richard Fahey-trained filly already this season, winning the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket on her first start back and finishing fifth in the Qipco 1000 Guineas after she was supplemented.

This Investec Oaks trial will be a different kettle of fish as the daughter of Footstepsinthesand must take on the Henry Cecil-trained Arizona Jewel, Joviality from John Gosden's yard and the Aidan O'Brien raider Amazing Beauty.

Hanagan said: "I think she has been crying out for this step up in trip. She seems in great form and she should be right up there."

Arizona Jewel was cut to odds of between 12-1 and 14s for the Oaks after showing an impressive change of gear in a maiden at Sandown late last month.

She had looked green on her only other outing at Yarmouth, but Cecil appears to be getting the right signs from her and he has already won the Musidora an incredible nine times, including with Aviate last season.

He said: "She is an improving filly and hopefully she'll run well."

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Gosden collected the Group Three for the only time in 1993 with Marillette and his representative is still a maiden, though she was only beaten a neck by Luca Cumani's unbeaten gelding Naqshabban in a Sandown conditions event.

The trainer said: "She's a progressive filly and ran well at Sandown last time."

Ryan Moore's mount Amazing Beauty has only been seen on the all-weather at Dundalk, while Peter Chapple-Hyam's Whey Sauce was last in action when ninth in a Newmarket Listed race last October.

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