Park Hill Winner Meeznah Has Melbourne Cup Option

David Lanigan’s smart filly Meeznah has had something of a rollercoaster 2011 campaign but got her season very much back on track in the very best possible fashion when roaring back to form to cosily account for some talented rivals in the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival.

A superb runner-up to the high-class Snow Fairy in last year’s Investec Oaks (before later being disqualified after a prohibited substance was found in her post-race sample), Meeznah finished fourth to the same filly in the Irish equivalent then was fourth to Midday in the Yorkshire Oaks before ending her season coming home third in the Park Hill Stakes behind Eastern Aria. Those looking for horse betting tips would have been impressed.

The four-year-old daughter of Dynaformer had run a couple of decent races this term before showing exactly what she can do when in the mood in breaking the track record at Glorious Goodwood in slamming Shankardeh by two-and-a-half-lengths in the Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes, then, just as Lanigan thought he had the filly back on top of her game, she ran a shocker at Newbury in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes, finishing tailed off behind Census having been sent off the 100/30 favourite.

After having his stable star thoroughly checked out no problem could be found with Meeznah and connections had to put it down to a simple case of ‘a bad day at the office’. At Doncaster however Meeznah always appeared to be travelling best under a super-confident Frankie Dettori and sauntered into the lead entering the final quarter mile, readily holding the Queen’s Set To Music at bay to score by an effortless three-and-a-half lengths in a quick time. The horseracing tips indicate she could be set for betting things.

Options for the end of the term for the Park Hill winner include a trip to Arc day at Longchamp or a visit to Ascot’s Champion’s Festival a couple of weeks later. She still remains in the Melbourne Cup and would be a fascinating contender should she be given the green light to bid for the ‘race that stops a nation’.