Thursday, 26th Jul 2018
Horsebetting.com experts give their 2018 Silver Flash Stakes betting tips and make Goddess a worthy favourite to provide trainer Aidan O’Brien with an incredible 11th winner of the Group 3 juvenile fillies’ contest over 7f at Leopardstown on Thursday, 26 July. Skitter Scatter brings the strongest form into the race and is feared most. Moravia holds each-way claims following an impressive victory over course and distance. For full details read our in-depth 2018 Silver Flash Stakes betting tips preview.Goddess looks pure gold in Silver Flash StakesTrainer Aidan O’Brien has a phenomenal record in the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes and Goddess looks a worthy favourite to further enhance it with victory in the 7f juvenile fillies’ contest at Leopardstown on Thursday (18:35).
The Ballydoyle maestro has won the race 10 times since 1986 courtesy of Heeremandi (1997), April Starlight (1998), Freshwater Pearl (2000), Silk And Scarlet (2004), Cabaret (2009), Together (2010), Maybe (2011), Wonderfully (2013), Promise To Be True (2016), and Happily (2017).
In Goddess, he has a filly who shaped with bags of promise on debut when a tenderly handled ninth of 11 at The Curragh when held up well off the pace before being constantly denied a clear run when trying to make a manouvre. She then showed the benefit of that experience when totally destroying the opposition in a six-runner contest over this course and distance.
After breaking smartly to lead, the daughter of dual Derby winner Camelot stretched five lengths clear two from home without being asked a serious question. She then cruised further clear inside the final furlong to eventually win by 10 lengths from Munees Gemini.
It was a performance which oozed class and saw Goddess installed as the 16/1 favourite in the ante post betting for next year’s 1000 Guineas. She obviously has a long way to go to meet those expectations, but is clearly a hugely exciting prospect with the scope to be something very special.
This does represent a step up in class, yet the manner of that victory suggests that she should be more than up to it. Goddess therefore rates a solid bet to land the spoils en route to much better things.Skitter Scatter the form filly and feared mostSkitter Scatter brings the strongest form into the contest and looks the obvious danger following a career-best effort last time out. This Paddy Prendergast trained daughter of Scat Daddy has had four starts, coming good at the second time of asking when beating the very highly-regarded Sergei Prokofiev by a short-head at Dundalk.
She was then far from disgraced when third in a Listed contest at Naas. Skitter Scatter was then pitched into Group 3 company when last seen in action and finishing runner-up to So Perfect in the Grangecon Stud Stakes over 6f at The Curragh.
Racing prominently throughout, she stuck to the task well when headed inside the last to go down fighting by just half-a-length. The form of that race, and her win over subsequent dual winner and Group 2 Coventry Stakes third Sergei Prokofiev, sets the standard in this.
Skitter Scatter is also improving with every outing and looks the type that will appreciate the step up to 7f. So, if Goddess fails to live up to expectations, she looks the one with the right profile to take advantage.Moravia not to be underestimatedAnything saddled by Ger Lyons in these type of events is always worth a second look and that makes his Moravia another worth considering from an each-way perspective – despite bookmakers paying only two places.
If often proves the case that the one of the two at the head of the market underperforms, and this daughter of Siyouni relished the step up to 7f last time out when opening her account at the third time of asking in a nine-runner maiden over course and distance.
Moravia took up the running as soon as the gates opened and, after asserting two from home, only had to be kept up to her work to easily beat Secret Thoughts by 4 1/2 lengths. She has nothing to fear from the re-opposing runner-up, who is a stable companion to Goddess, and it was a performance which suggested she was well worth a crack at this level.
It also worth noting that Moravia’s debut run when a 2 1/2 lengths fourth to Fairyland in a 10-runner affair at Naas has worked out well, as the winner has scored again since before finishing a solid three-quarters of a length third in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. So, taking everything into account, Moravia looks one not to be underestimated in this line-up, thus she is our each-way selection.Your Next Bet