Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes Betting Tips & Predictions – Curragh, Friday 30th August 2019

We have an excellent weekend of racing entertainment to look forward to once again this week, certainly in terms of quality, with Group class contests on both sides of the Irish Sea. The pick of the action from the Curragh is this Group 3 affair for the fillies, which this year takes place in its new Friday evening slot.

Not an easy race to call this year, but we fancy we’ve got a tidy tip that at the very least should give us a great run for our money.

Top Tips

Goddess to win

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Race Info

1m1f is the trip for this Group 3 contest, set to be run on good ground this year and offering €65,000 in total prize money.

GoingDistanceGradePrize MoneyRunnersEW Terms
Good 1m1f Group 3 €65,000 22 Runners 1/5 1-3

Recent Winners

This may be open to all fillies aged three and older, but the recent evidence would suggest that we wouldn’t go too far wrong by simply putting a line through all the older contenders. Eight of the past nine editions having been won by a three year old.

There are no prizes for guessing that it is that man Aidan O’Brien who boasts the best recent record amongst the trainers, with the master of Ballydoyle registering four wins in the past seven years.

YearWinnerSPTrainerJockey
2018 I’m So Fancy 4/1 Jessica Harrington Colm O’Donoghue
2017 Rain Goddess 11/4 Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore
2016 Somehow 5/2 Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan
2015 Bocca Baciata 11/4 Jessica Harrington Fran Berry
2014 Carla Bianca 5/4 Dermot Weld Pat Smullen

Back Goddess For Gold

Since its introduction in 2005 the home team have held an iron grip on this prize, with every previous edition of the race having been landed by an Irish trainer. It would be something of a surprise were that trend not to continue this year looking at the field.

Aidan At It Again?

As is generally the case in these Irish Group class contests, Aidan O’Brien is mob handed in the lead up to the race. He was responsible for eight of the initial field of 22, and has three of the final 12 runners. Fire Fly and Frosty have been withdrawn, with the pair having only run last week, whilst Delphinia has been seen to offer a better chance elsewhere.

The pick of the O’Brien entries may well be the Camelot filly, Goddess. A spectacular 10 length winner of her maiden at Leopardstown last season, this one looked to have the potential to go on to big things. That didn’t quite materialise though, with the filly appearing to have completely lost the plot in her final start last season, and in her first two outings in the current campaign. Her second in Group 2 company two starts back, and in particular her win at Listed level last time out, do suggest that she may be on the way back now though, and ready to fulfil that early potential.

Tea To Plunder Pot?

Also remaining amongst the entries is the Jack Davison filly, Fresnel. She was some six lengths back from Goddess last time out at Gowran Park, but could well improve on that here to get amongst the places. Fourth in the Musidora Stakes at York, we think she could be worth a look.

Lyons To Land Prize?

Hot on the heels of his big race success when landing the £1 million Ebor with Musatjeer last weekend, Ger Lyons is another trainer who looks set to be strongly represented here, with his Khalid Abdullah-owned Viadera. Boast a decent profile heading into the race, Viadera scored in Listed company last time out and she looks an interesting each way option in this one.

Final Verdict: Goddess to win

We do like Viadera, but she has a fair bit to find on the book with a few of these, and a better option looks to be to side with Aidan O’Brien’s Goddess. Whilst she hasn’t always shown peak form when put under pressure, we fancy the three year old Goddess may well keep things together here to get the victory and bring home our bet.

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