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Avenue Gabriel a player in Flash Stakes at Leopardstown

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 15:50 | Comments

Racing at Leopardstown gets underway at 6pm
Racing at Leopardstown gets underway at 6pm

Avenue Gabriel takes a leap up in company as she contests the Group Three Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

Trainer Paul Deegan believes his charge has improved for her neck verdict over Ballybacka Queen at the Curragh three weeks ago, but he does have slight anxieties about the quick ground conditions.

"She did it well and seems to have come out of it in good form. She looks to have improved," said Deegan.

"We're just a little bit concerned about the fast ground. We'll have to see what it's like tomorrow.

"I love running fast-ground horses on fast ground, but she may not be one of them.

"Fingers crossed the ground will be OK for her and she's got a chance, hopefully."

Heart Focus has been a model of consistency for Jim Bolger with solid performances that include a fourth to Kiyoshi in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and a second place behind Bye Bye Birdie in the Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

The latter filly's trainer Aidan O'Brien saddles Albany seventh Wonderfully as well as recent course and distance winner Perhaps.

The Dermot Weld-trained Simple Love bids to confirm the impression of her debut success at Fairyhouse and her jockey Pat Smullen is looking forward to seeing how the daughter of Proud Citizen gets on.

"She's a nice filly and couldn't do any more than win the last day," said the jockey.

"How strong the maiden was, only time will tell, but we like her and we'll see how she copes with this step up in class.

"She's a bit of a lazy worker, but I like those types of horses who save their best work for the track.

“Hopefully she's one of those and shows up well tomorrow."

Joanna Morgan's newcomer Wafer Ice completes a six-strong field.

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