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Lashes and Halfway To Heaven on course for Matron rematch.

Byline: By Tony O'Hehir

LUSH LASHES is set to renew rivalry with Halfway To Heaven, to whom she finished an unlucky second in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The Jim Bolger-trained filly will be bidding to land a third Group 1. She successfully dropped back to 1m to land the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, having finished fifth in the 1m4f Juddmonte Oaks, and she will be attempting a similar feat on Saturday following her win in the Yorkshire Oaks at Newmarket 11 days ago.

Confirming Lush Lashes an intended runner in the Coolmoresponsored event, Bolger said yesterday: "Lush Lashes came out of her Newmarket race well. The race didn't seem to take much out of her and she is all set for Saturday."

Aidan O'Brien said his four acceptors - dual Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven, Listen, You're so thrilling and recent Tipperary Listed winner Psalm - are all likely to run.

Listen, winner of the Group 1 Fillies' Mile last season, has not run this year. She was disputing favouritism for the 1,000 Guineas and was favourite for the Oaks when she suffered a setback in April.

O'Brien said: "Listen has been coming along nicely in recent weeks and is ready to start back. You're so thrilling is also ready to have her first run of the season after suffering a setback early in the year.

"Halfway To Heaven is well after a little break and the plan is to run all four of them."

British-trained fillies have won all four runnings of the 1m event since it achieved Group 1 status in 2004 and the 16 acceptors for Saturday's renewal include Falmouth Stakes winner Nahoodh, whose trainer Mark Johnston was successful with Attraction in 2005. Heaven Sent and Visit are in line to represent Sir Michael Stoute, who landed last year's race with Echelon.

The only French-trained acceptor is the Alain de Royer Dupretrained Sabana Perdida, winner of the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
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Date:Sep 2, 2008
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