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Cloak Of Spirits and Romsey renew rivalry

The All-Weather Championships move up a gear at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 29, with two competitive Listed races for fillies and mares.
 
Fast-Track Qualifier action is provided by the £37,750 Listed Ladbrokes Home of The Odds Boost EBF Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes (2.45pm, 12 runners), in which G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas runner-up Cloak Of Spirits (Richard Hannon/Andrea Atzeni) is likely to be a warm order.
 
The winner of the mile Polytrack contest is guaranteed a start in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies & Mares Championship over seven furlongs at Lingfield Park on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 2.
 
Cloak Of Spirts has continued her early season form into the autumn, following up a deserved success in the Listed Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket on September 25 with a third behind Nazeef in the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes at the same track on October 3.
 
The Hughie Morrison-trained Romsey ran a stormer in QIPCO 1000 Guineas, finishing fifth, but has only raced once since when 10th in the G3 Pride Stakes over 10 furlongs at Newmarket on October 9.
 
Romsey was G2-placed in Italy at the backend of last season and her only previous appearance on the All-Weather yielded an impressive victory in a seven-furlong fillies' maiden at Chelmsford City in June 2019.
 
Morrison said today: "Romsey obviously ran a great race in the 1000 Guineas, but she came back from there a bit jarred up, so we had to give her a break and have run out of time a bit really.

"We ran her at Newmarket at the start of month just to sharpen her up more than anything, as there are a lack of opportunities on the turf. We hope she will get a mile and a quarter in time, but she certainly wasn't going to that day given the testing ground and her fitness levels.
 
"Cloak Of Spirits brings in the best form and is clearly the one to beat, but if we can run up to our Guineas form, we should be able to give her a race getting 3lb, as we were only a couple of lengths behind her at Newmarket."
 
Lavender's Blue (Amanda Perrett/Jim Crowley) looks the pick of the older fillies and mares. The four-year-old finished third in the G3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park in August, a race she won decisively in 2019.
 
William Haggas has landed the Ladbrokes Home of The Odds Boost EBF Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes twice in the last four years. He saddles Ummalnar (Tom Marquand) who wears a tongue tie for the first time after finishing 8th behind Cloak Of Spirits in the Rosemary Stakes, her first run for 440 days.
 
Champion trainer John Gosden won this race 12 months ago with Scentasia and is represented by Indie Angel (Frankie Dettori), successful in handicaps at Ascot and Salisbury this season.
 
Soffika (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore) is the least exposed runner in the line up after just three starts. She has not raced since finishing seventh on her comeback in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot.
 
Other names to note are Farzeen (Roger Varian/David Egan), who was second in the G3 Valiant Stakes at Ascot in July, and Hateya (Jim Boyle/William Buick), a recent Listed winner on turf at Bro Park in Sweden.
 
Aidan O'Brien sends over Elizabethofaragon (Ryan Moore) for the other Listed race on the card, the £37,750 Ladbrokes Football Acca Boosty EBF River Eden Fillies' Stakes (3.45pm, 11 runners). Ireland's champion trainer won the 13-furlong prize in 2019 with Delphinia.
 
The 102-rated Elizabethofaragon captured the Ulster Oaks Handicap at Down Royal in July and finished third last time out in the 10-furlong Listed Trigo Stakes at Leopardstown on October 24.
 
The opposition includes progressive Doncaster handicap scorer Sorrel (Sir Michael Stoute/William Buick) and classy jumps mare Indefatigable (Paul Webber/Jim Crowley), who won over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival on her most recent outing and will be making her debut on the Flat.
 
There is also good handicap action courtesy of the class two Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap (2.15pm, nine runners) over seven furlongs.
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