Skitter Scatter claims Silver Flash honours as Goddess disappoints

Patrick Prendergast’s charge registers surprise Group Three success

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Hot favourite Goddess finished last of six runners as Skitter Scatter claimed the Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly was a 10-length winner at the track earlier in the month and was sent off the 4-9 favourite to follow up in this Group Three test.

Ryan Moore was positive from the off aboard Goddess, but he was starting to get to work with a couple of furlongs still to run as Skitter Scatter loomed up on her heels.

Patrick Prendergast’s runner was travelling well in the hands of Ronan Whelan and when he gave the signal, the 10-1 shot pulled clear and found plenty in the closing stages to win by a length and a half.

Moravia came through to claim second as Goddess dropped away and was eased down by Moore ahead of the line.

Skitter Scatter had been placed in a similar event over six furlongs on her most recent outing and Prendergast felt the step up in trip to seven had suited his charge.

He said: “They say you should never avoid one! Obviously I was very worried taking on Goddess, but I was very keen to try her over seven furlongs.

“In her homework, I’ve lesser horses that might take her off the bridle, but she’s quite relentless and she’s full of heart.

“As I said the last day, you’d be very proud of her. As for plans, we don’t want to over-race her now because she keeps improving.

“She’s in the Debutante, she’s in the Moyglare and Ronan reckons a mile won’t be a problem, so we might have a filly for the Guineas trials next year. But with a wet spring, who knows?

“It’s a great day. If you told me this morning I would have a winner today, I’d have thought I was going to the win the (opening) claimer. I was sulking after the claimer, but I feel good now.”

O’Brien admitted on Wednesday his huge team might not be firing on all cylinders.

He said of the vanquished Goddess: “She ran ordinary but obviously we have a little bit of a thing around.

“Everything is fine with them, obviously we wouldn’t run anything unless they looked to be perfect scopes and bloods, but when that is around some will disappoint. That’s just the way it is and we have to be prepared.

“We can stop racing horses and stop running all together but then we’d know nothing. Obviously it effects some and doesn’t effect others.

“Hopefully she leaves that run behind her. She wasn’t distressed or anything but she just didn’t turn up today.

“I didn’t see the vets report but obviously there’s just something a little amiss.”

Skitter Scatter claims Silver Flash honours as Goddess disappoints
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