Goddess wins Hurry Harriet Stakes for O'Brien

Wed 14 Aug 2019

Goddess bounced back to winning form in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park on Wednesday.

The Camelot filly was a 10-length winner of a Leopardstown maiden for Aidan O’Brien last July, but disappointed on her next outing and was then off the track until reappearing in June.

Despite finishing second in a Group Two last time, Goddess went off a 14-1 shot in the hands of Donnacha O’Brien, with the rider making his challenge down the centre of the track as the field fanned out looking for the best of the yielding to soft ground in the straight.

Goddess hit the front over a furlong from home and kept on well to beat Tipitena (33-1) and the 11-10 favourite Who’s Steph by a length and a quarter and half a length. The eyecatchingly white Frosty flashed home just behind on her first start of the season.

The winning trainer said: “I’m delighted with her. She’s been progressing lovely, with every run she’s slowly been coming.

“She had a lovely run first time, then went and won very well in Leopardstown, and then she ran disappointing on her third run when our horses were probably a little bit under the weather at the time.

Watch the replay of the success of Goddess in the Hurry Harriet Stakes in full

“It just took a little bit of time to get her back and she had a lovely run in the Curragh the last time. She’s slowly coming back there.

“Donnacha said she’s going to progress now. She’s not short of speed and would have no problem going back to a mile.

“She was Group placed the last day and we’ll maybe look at a Group race with her the next time.

“The fourth (Frosty) was having her first run of the year. She’s a sister to Winter, so it was a lovely run.

“She’s a filly that just had a few hold-ups, so it’s good to get her started.”

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