Keep it Simple for Silver Flash Stakes
A small but select field of six turns out for the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday evening. The one to beat is the ultra consistent Heart Focus, trained by Jim Bolger.
Although she has only won one of her six starts, she has never been worse than fourth. That was behind the smart Kiyoshi at Royal Ascot and she has subsequently chased home Bye Bye Birdie in the Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
Heart Focus also finished second to Richard Fahey’s Sandiva at Naas and that filly went on to finish second in the Albany. Bye Bye Birdie was beaten at Newmarket last week but the O’Brien team is doubly represented here with Wonderfully and Perhaps.
Wonderfully won her maiden in good style but was always struggling when seventh at Ascot. She has ground to make up on Heart Focus on that form but will appreciate the step up to seven furlongs.
The beautifully bred Perhaps was long odds-on to win a maiden but was forced to work hard to see off Chroussa. She was briefly headed inside the final furlong but fought back to get back up on the line.
There have been good reports regarding Avenue Gabriel but trainer Paul Deegan has expressed some anxiety over the quicker ground. She only had a neck to spare over Ballybacka Queen at the Curragh on her only start.
Dermot Weld’s Simple Love is also unbeaten after winning her only previous start in good style at Fairyhouse. The daughter of Proud Citizen moved up smoothly to the leaders but needed a couple of reminders to win her race.
The filly is described as a lazy worker at home but connections are optimistic that she could prove to be another high-class filly to run in the colours of Moyglare Stud. Joanna Morgan’s unraced Wafer Ice, a grey daughter of Dalakhani, completes the line up.