Avenue Gabriel will not run in Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp
Last Updated: 30/09/13 2:14pm
Avenue Gabriel (second from right) will not run in France
Avenue Gabriel will not run in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp this weekend following her fifth-placed finish in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday.
The daughter of Champs Elysees has won two of her five starts this season, including the Listed Flame Of Tara Stakes, and was also placed behind Tapestry in the Group Two Debutante Stakes.
Paul Deegan feels Avenue Gabriel might have fared even better in the Fillies' Mile had there been more ease in the ground, with her County Kildare handler hoping she will develop into a candidate for Classic honours next season.
He said: "She has been taken out of the Prix Marcel Boussac and won't run again this year. She has done more than enough and is a staying type of filly.
"A mile and a quarter to a mile and a half is what she'll want, and she might start off next year in the Oaks Trial at Naas and then hopefully on to the Irish Oaks.
"Having said that, connections felt after her run at Newmarket that she might warrant a second entry into the Irish 1,000 Guineas and, if the ground came up a bit slow, she could go there.
"I walked the mile both up and down the track at Newmarket and it was proper fast English ground. Coming down into the dip just found her out a bit.
"She just likes to get her toe into the ground. I think she could be a Group One filly given the right conditions, and has already shown that she's competitive at that level. She is so tough and genuine."