Rose bids to bloom in Fleur

Charlie Appleby hopes Mise En Rose will be 'very competitive' in the Listed Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield on Thursday.

Mise En Rose (r) will wear cheekpieces at Lingfield

The fourth All-Weather Championships get underway at the Surrey venue with an eight-race programme headlined by the £40,000 32Red EBF Stallions Fleur de Lys Fillies' Stakes.

The mile Listed contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Fillies & Mares Championships over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14, 2017.

Godolphin handler Appleby was champion All-Weather trainer in the 2014/15 season, when he also enjoyed a treble on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

He will be represented by Mise En Rose, who has progressed through handicap company this year to be placed at both Group and Listed level.

The three-year-old War Front filly was runner-up in the Queen's Plate Stakes at Goodwood and Doncaster's Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes, both over seven furlongs. She was last seen out when third in the six-furlong Listed Boadicea Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.

"Mise En Rose was drawn on the far side at Newmarket, when the first two home were on stands' side, and six furlongs may have been a bit short for her," said Appleby.

"Ideally, she is a seven-furlong filly but it is an easy mile around Lingfield.

"She will be dropped in, so being drawn in stall 12 will hopefully not be a major inconvenience. We have put the cheekpieces on again, which is more to help her concentrate in the final quarter-mile.

"She has won on a synthetic surface in the past and, based on her last run, should be very competitive.

"We will have a similar approach to this season's All-Weather Championships as we did last year in that we will be aiming to get a team of horses qualified for Good Friday.

"We have Antiquarium in mind for the Marathon, Pretend is on the way back for the Sprint and I will try to find a juvenile or two for the Three-Year-Old category.

"If Mise En Rose doesn't qualify on Thursday, I will also have a look at getting her qualified in another race because I think seven furlongs around Lingfield on Finals Day will suit her well."

The maximum field of 12 also includes Volunteer Point, winner of last season's Fillies & Mares Championships on Good Friday and Muffri'Ha, successful in the Darley Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month.

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