Rain surprise at Leopardstown

The rest of the news from Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend which opened with a 50/1 winner.

Rain Goddess (centre) was a surprise winner

Rain Goddess sprang a 50/1 surprise on her debut to take the Ballylinch Stud EBF Fillies Maiden at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend for trainer David Wachman who recently announced that he is to retire.

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Holiday Girl was sent straight to the front by Billy Lee and refused to go down without a fight when challenged by O'Brien's Key To My Heart in the home straight, but neither could repel the late challenge of the eventual winner.

The Galileo filly finished with a wet sail under Declan McDonogh and crossed the line with a length to spare from Holiday Girl.

"She's a nice filly. She's straightforward and Declan gave her a great ride" said the winning trainer.

"She'll be a nice filly for Aidan (O'Brien) next year."

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