Avenue Gabriel is likely to drop down from Group One level

Last Updated: 05/07/14 10:29am

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Avenue Gabriel: Could drop back in trip

Avenue Gabriel: Could drop back in trip

Sky Bet

Avenue Gabriel is likely to drop down from Group One level on her next appearance with the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh identified as a potential target.

A smart juvenile last year, Paul Deegan's charge was a highly encouraging third on her seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown before finishing fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

She was unable to land a blow in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, but Deegan expects his charge to bounce back when she encounters a softer surface.

He said: "The ground was much too quick for her the other day and she was never able to get into contention.

"I think we'll just put a line through that run and move on as we know she's better than she showed on the day.

"We know she's a smart filly, as she showed in the Irish Guineas, and we'll aim towards Irish Oaks weekend.

"She could run in the Oaks, but I think the Kilboy (July 20) is probably more likely."

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