Speedy Jupiter out of this world:

Jupiter Pluvius maintained his unbeaten record in the Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown to provide a bright spot for Aidan O'Brien.

After the sad demise of George Washington, O'Brien was due a change of fortune, and it duly came when 6-4 favourite Jupiter Pluvius arrived on the scene with a strong run to trump his rivals in the seven-furlong Group Three event

Billyford took third spot at 16-1 in an eventful renewal that saw Shane Gorey thrown from the saddle after bunching forced his mount, Amended, through the rails with over a furlong to run

Partnered by Seamus Heffernan, the son of Johannesburg responded well to get on top inside the distance and repel runner-up Famous Name (4-1) by three-quarters of a length

Heffernan told At The Races: "He's always worked nicely and I fancied him coming here. He's a progressive type.


Jupiter  is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet within the solar system. It is two and a half times as massive as all of the other planets in our solar system combined. Jupiter, along with Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, is classified as a gas giant. Together, these four planets are sometimes referred to as the Jovian planets—Jovian being the adjectival form of Jupiter.

When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can reach an apparent magnitude of -2.8, making it the fourth brightest object in the night sky. The planet was known by astronomers of ancient times and was associated with the mythology and religious beliefs of many cultures. The Romans named it after Jupiter, the principal God of Roman mythology, whose name is a reduction of 'Deus Pater', meaning 'God father'.

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