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Kilboy option for Gabriel

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."