Horse Racing: Midnight Soprano set for Haydock outing

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Trainer Paul Deegan is confident Midnight Soprano can handle the step up in class when she runs in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday.

Midnight Soprano was outstanding throughout the 2012 campaign when racking up five victories and she raised the bar again on her seasonal return last month.

The six-year-old impressed with her first win at Pattern level when claiming the Group Three Noblesse Stakes at Cork and Deegan is expecting big things from the mare.

The Lancashire Oaks represents another step up in class but Deegan is confident she can take it in her stride after coming through her latest outing over in Ireland unscathed.

The ground at the Merseyside track should also suit Midnight Soprano and Deegan is looking forward to seeing his charge make the step up.

“It’s more than likely she’ll run on Saturday and she came out of her last race extremely well. She’s in tip-top order,” Deegan said ahead of the weekend.

“We thought she’d definitely improved and strengthened up through the winter and it was great to see her come back and win first time out.

“She has definitely come on for that run, she’s a Group Three winner now and a Group Two is the obvious next step. I think she’s a solid Group Two mare.

“I think it’s good ground there (at Haydock) at the moment and there is a bit more rain on the way, so it should be perfect.”

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