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Eddie Lynam's Viztoria steps up to Group 2 company in Tuesday's Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte

Updated: Monday, 05 Nov 2012 14:31 | Comments

Eddie Lynam is sending the exciting Viztoria to France, hoping she'll cement her place towards the top of the ante-post list for the 2013 1,000 Guineas
Eddie Lynam is sending the exciting Viztoria to France, hoping she'll cement her place towards the top of the ante-post list for the 2013 1,000 Guineas

Leading ante-post 1000 Guineas fancy Viztoria bids to maintain her unbeaten record in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at the French track tomorrow.

The six-furlong Group Two contest has attracted 10 runners, with Johnny Murtagh taking the mount on the Edward Lynam-trained Viztoria, winner of her two starts to date by an aggregate of 15 lengths.

Second-favourite for the Classic at 12-1 with Ladbrokes, Lynam is not anticipating testing conditions being a problem for the Oratorio filly and said: "She travelled over well, she's in good form and we're hoping for a good run.

"The ground is sure to be on the soft side. She's proven on the ground and she's proven over the distance.

"It's a step up from Listed company to Group Two, obviously, but we rate her highly and are hoping for a big run."

David Wachman saddles the hat-trick-seeking Three Sea Captains while George Baker's course and distance winner Boomshackerlacker flies the English flag.

Elsewhere on the card, Ann Duffield reports Melody Of Love to be in good shape ahead of the seven-furlong Prix Miesque.

The daughter of Haafhd already has one Group Two success to her name, in Ayr's Firth of Clyde Stakes, and the North Yorkshire trainer is hopeful Melody Of Love can repeat the trick on French soil.

"The ground is very soft over there, but she has won on soft before," said Duffield.

"She ran an absolute blinder in the Rockfel, a Group Two at Newmarket, and was only beaten about three lengths.

"We're very hopeful she can go and win another Group race for us.

"She's not been over-raced this year and she does seem to be in great order.

"Her skin still looks good for a filly at this time of year. She's starting to get a little bit woolly but you don't know until you run them, but she does seem to be in good nick.

"All we can do is run her and be hopeful. There was nothing else in this country for her and it would be great if she could get in the first three."

There is a second British raider in the David Evans-trained Queen Aggie among a field of eight in the seven-furlong contest.

Regal Parade and Maarek, second and third respectively in the Ayr Gold Cup, lock horns in the six-furlong Prix de Seine-Et-Oise.

Both have won since with Maarek taking the Group Two Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.

"He seems in great form and the ground is nice and soft over there which he likes," said his trainer, County Tipperary-based David Nagle.

"He's fine, he doesn't have a bother on him. All we need is a bit of luck in running."

Regal Parade lifted the Coral Sprint at York last month and Milton Bradley, is looking for a big run from the eight-year-old.

"He seems well in himself. He's not a youngster anymore, but he's as good as he can be," said the Chepstow handler.

"We go there hoping he has a big chance."

David Elsworth's Swiss Spirit, Hugo Palmer's Khubala, Brian Meehan's Ballesteros and Iver Bridge Lad from John Ryan's stable, complete a strong British challenge.

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