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Curragh contest unlikely for Heaven Sent

HEAVEN SENT is set to sidestep Saturday's Irish National Stud Blandford Stakes at the Curragh due to the prospect of easy ground.

The five-year-old has enjoyed another fruitful season for owners the Cheveley Park Stud and trainer Sir Michael Stoute, winning two of her five starts.

Heaven Sent has also finished in the frame at Royal Ascot and in the Falmouth Stakes, while she lost little in defeat when a three-quarter-length fourth in the Nassau last time.

The Pivotal mare needs quick conditions to show her best, however, and the recent wet spell means she could now be finished for the season.                                                                      

"Heaven Sent is more likely not to run at the Curragh but we haven't made a final decision yet," said Chris Richardson, Cheveley Park's managing director.

"I would say she's unlikely as aresult of the ground - she really is a top-of-the-ground horse.

"If she doesn't go to Ireland, there is the Sun Chariot next month but that will depend on the ground.

"She's in good form but it could be the ground has gone for the year now."

 
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