Thursday 19 July 2018

Rain Goddess gets back to winning ways

Rain Goddess ridden by Ryan Moore (left) wins The Snow Fairy Stakes during Tipperary Crystal Race Day at Curragh Racecourse yesterday. Photo: PA
Rain Goddess ridden by Ryan Moore (left) wins The Snow Fairy Stakes during Tipperary Crystal Race Day at Curragh Racecourse yesterday. Photo: PA

Newsdesk@independent.ie

Rain Goddess showed no ill effects from a disappointing run in the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington by grinding out victory in the Snow Fairy Fillies' Stakes at The Curragh.

The daughter of Galileo returned to the kind of form that had seen her finish second to Enable in the Irish Oaks to register her first success since her debut 11 months ago.

The 11/4 joint-favourite got past her pacemaking stablemate Key To My Heart inside the final furlong to get first run over market rival Intimation and land the nine-furlong heat by half a length.

The win gave Aidan O'Brien a treble and jockey Ryan Moore a double, with US Navy Flag benefiting from a drop in class to run out an emphatic winner of the Tower Stakes.

The Ballydoyle team suffered a surprise reverse when 2/7 hotpot Ballet Shoes was shrugged aside by Liquid Amber in the Flame Of Tara Stakes, while Elusive Time (25/1) came with a rattling run on the near side to win a 27-runner cavalry charge for the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire.

Top jumping stallion Presenting, which sired Denman and War Of Attrition among a host of others, has been put down at the age of 25.

Irish Independent

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