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Heart Focus to provide further Curragh success for Bolger team

Heart Focus will be having her sixth race today when she lines up for the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Fillies Stakes at 2.35. Jim Bolger’s tough filly by Intense Focus has yet to finish out of the first four and was not disgraced behind the impressive Kiyoshi at Royal Ascot.

That filly quickly put more than three lengths between herself and her rivals despite swerving across the course but the first five home are all highly regarded by connections. Heart Focus finished closer to Sandiva (2nd) than she had at Naas on her previous start and looks the form horse today.

Her main market rival is Aidan O’Brien’s Bye Bye Birdie, well beaten at the Royal meeting behind Rizeena. The form of that race received a boost at Newmarket on Saturday when the fourth home, Fig Roll, won a hotly contested fillies race.

Heart Focus defeated Bye Bye Birdie by a comfortable half a length at Naas last month and should confirm the form today. Tommy Stack’s Clenor should improve on her last run as she was badly hampered before staying on into fourth place. She has a little over two lengths to make up on Bye Bye Birdie on that form but may be capable of doing so.

O’Brien also saddles Bluebell who won over seven furlongs at Limerick last time. The filly by Mastercraftsman is the mount of Seamie Heffernan and will be hoping to confirm the form with runner-up Pearl Earing. The latter was having her racecourse debut and there was only half a length between them that day.

Colour Blue is still a maiden but was only collared in the dying strides at Leopardstown last time whilst Gwen Lady Byron steps up in class after winning a four-runner maiden at Dundalk.