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Raydara facing Flash test

Mick Halford is hoping to find out more about his promising filly Raydara in Thursday's Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Aga Khan-owned juvenile created a nice impression over the same seven-furlong course and distance than when going one better than on her debut in a maiden a week ago.

With a lack of options until the end of next month for a filly like her, Halford has no qualms in sending her out again quickly.

"She's in good form after her race last week and didn't have a particularly hard race, so we said we'd pull her out again as there was nowhere else to go until the Debutante," he said.

"She has a nice draw and this race will tell us more about her. All you can do is produce them in good form and I'm happy with her."

Raydara had the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Qualify and Cocoon in behind on her debut and that duo are in opposition once again.

"She stepped forward from the Curragh and the others will as well. It's that time of year when two year-olds improve," he said.

Eddie Lynam is enjoying a stellar season with the likes of Slade Power, Sole Power and Anthem Alexander and his Agnes Stewart looked smart when winning on her debut at Fairyhouse at a big price.

"She's fine. She's in good form and we're hoping for the best," said Lynam.

"It's a step up in class and we'll just have to see how she handles that."

Dermot Weld is looking forward to a big run from Marsali, saying: "She was an impressive winner of the race at Fairyhouse. She handles fast ground and we're expecting a good run."

Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor, the O'Brien-trained As Good As Gold and Jim Bolger's New Alliance make up the field.