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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Goddess to answer prayers with Moore

GODLY POWERS: Goddess and Ryan Moore are tipped for Leopardstown. Pic: Alain Barr.
GODLY POWERS: Goddess and Ryan Moore are tipped for Leopardstown. Pic: Alain Barr.

It is little surprise to see that Ryan Moore makes the trip across to Leopardstown this evening as a couple of impressive maiden winners step up in class on a very good card.

Goddess (6.35 Leopardstown) finished ninth on debut at the Curragh but took a massive leap from her first run to her second, bolting up here over course and distance last time. On the back of that 10-length victory she has been installed as the 12/1 favourite for next year's 1,000 Guineas with BoyleSports.

Chicago May caused a surprise when winning at Naas for Henry de Bromhead and she has changed owner since and will be an interesting contender in this Group Three Silver Flash Stakes, but the eye was drawn to Goddess a couple of weeks ago and she is the obvious choice.

Anthony Van Dyck (7.10 Leopardstown) hasn't made the same impression in the ante-post lists of bookmakers, but he does have quotes for the Epsom Derby and will certainly be prominent in that market if backing up the Killarney maiden win by taking the Group 3 Tyros Stakes.

Anthony Van Dyck, similar to Goddess, finished down the field in a Curragh maiden before then winning with some comfort at Killarney and evidence that the race took little out of him came when he ran through the running rail with Donnacha O'Brien after the line. He looks a colt that has a lot more to offer again.

Moore will be on the way home by the time the Vinnie Roe Stakes is run and Donnacha O'Brien rides Cypress Creek, but a chance is taken on Jessica Harrington's The King (8.10 Leopardstown).

The three-year-old has yet to fulfil the promise shown in runs last year, but a step up to 1m6f could be a big help. He just didn't get the run of the race here last time, yet wasn't beaten that far, so he is a tentative choice here.

An ex-employee of Jessica Harrington is Peter Fahey and he has his team of horses in good form lately and can continue that run with High Kicker (8.45 leopardstown) in the finale.

There is also jump action this evening at Limerick as they stage their final meeting until October and Gavin Cromwell could be a man to follow down there.

When winning a handicap chase here 12 days ago it was reported that Running In Heels (7.20 Limerick) had made a 1000 per cent return on the £2,500 she cost nine months ago and Cromwell looks to have found an ideal opportunity for her to win again as she returns to hurdling for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap Hurdle.

A more tentative choice is given to Cromwell's Personal Shopper (6.50 limerick) in the earlier Follow Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

The veteran is off the track 11 months now but is owner ridden by Aileen O'Sullivan and also has place form in this company so shouldn't be ruled out at a big price.

Cromwell is also likely to fancy the chances of Ejayteekay in the rated novice hurdle for mares, but recent winner Feeling The Love (6.15 Limerick) is preferred for Jessica Harrington and Mark Walsh.

LEOPARDSTOWN TODAY

5.30 An Aingeal Dubh

6.00 Howling Ridge

6.35 Goddess

7.10 Anthony Van Dyck

7.40 Phoenix Lightning

8.10 The King

8.45 High Kicker

LIMERICK TODAY

5.40 Kamil

6.15 Feeling The Love

6.50 Personal Shopper

7.20 Running In Heels

7.50 Ravenhill

8.25 Castle Howard

8.55 Galvin

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