Longchamp next for Lashes

JIM Bolger is eyeing a trip to France for Lush Lashes following her battling success in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Having already landed the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the rearranged Yorkshire Oaks at Newmarket, the daughter of Galileo took her Group One tally to three when holding off Nahoodh by a neck on Sunday.

The Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on October 5 is the next port of call for the filly and Bolger reports her to come out of the weekend in top trim.

“Lush Lashes is in good order and all being well, she will now go for the Prix de l’Opera,” said Bolger, who won that particular race with Alexander Goldrun in 2004.

The Coolcullen maestro also had news of Vodafone Derby hero New Approach, who registered his first success since Epsom in the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at the weekend.

“New Approach has come out of his race well and I will talk to John Ferguson (owner’s bloodstock advisor) before making any firm plans.

“He has three possibilities in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Champion Stakes at Newmarket and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“Hopefully, the plan is to run in two of those three races.”

Meanwhile John Oxx believes Hasanka is capable of picking up some prize-money in the Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh on Saturday.

The four-year-old chased home English Leger hope Unsung Heroine in the Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on her penultimate start and confirmed that promise when running away with a Listed contest last time.

Oxx thinks conditions at the weekend should be ideal for his filly and is hopeful she can continue to progress.

“She ran a cracking race the last day but that was of course against much lesser opposition,” said Oxx.

“She is a big, rangy filly and she is probably just coming to herself now and is finally maturing.

“She definitely loves the ground and the trip and while she has a lot to find with the likes of Septimus, she is at her best at the minute and we are hoping she might pick up a place.”

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