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VIDEO: Skitter Scatter claims Silver Flash honours as Goddess disappoints
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VIDEO: Skitter Scatter claims Silver Flash honours as Goddess disappoints
on 26 July 2018
The Patrick Prendergast-trained Skitter Scatter took the Group 3 prize in the hands of Ronan Whelan, but odds-on favourite Goddess finished last of the six runners

HOT-favourite Goddess finished last of six runners as Skitter Scatter claimed the Group 3 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 seven-furlong 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."

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