Goddess shines in Leopardstown demolition job

O’Brien filly looks a Classic contender

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Goddess was promoted to favouritism with some firms in the market on next year’s 1000 Guineas following a spectacular performance at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

The beautifully-bred daughter of Camelot is out of a half-sister to Galileo and looks to have plenty of the family’s ability, judged on her 10-length demolition job in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, the Aidan O’Brien-trained youngster was sent off the 1-2 favourite, having had little luck in running when ninth of 11 in a Curragh maiden at the end of last month.

O’Brien was not present, but Heffernan was clearly impressed.

He said: “She should have won at the Curragh. It was a typical Irish race, they were all boxed watching one another. I just let her jump and stride along today.

“I’m not sure how good a race it was, but she’s way better than average.”

He added: “I’d say she’s better than September (who won her maiden at Leopardstown and subsequently won at Royal Ascot and has been Group One-placed).”

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