Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Skitter Scatter to bypass Breeders' Cup

Jockey Ronan Whelan (left) celebrates winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Skitter Scatter alongside trainer Patrick Prendergast on Sunday at the Curragh. Photo: PA
Jockey Ronan Whelan (left) celebrates winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Skitter Scatter alongside trainer Patrick Prendergast on Sunday at the Curragh. Photo: PA

Michael Verney

Patrick Prendergast is resisting the temptation to send Moyglare winner Skitter Scatter to the Breeders' Cup and will put his brilliant filly away for the rest of the season with a crack at next year's English 1,000 Guineas on her agenda.

After providing Prendergast and jockey Ronan Whelan with their maiden Group One victory on Sunday, the Kildare trainer feels the daughter of Scat Daddy has earned a break after seven runs in her two-year-old career.

"What's on offer would be very enticing if she hadn't been so busy, who wouldn't love to go to the Breeders' Cup? It's very easy to go to the well once too often but we won't and she deserves a break," Prendergast said.

"She has low mileage because she is a naturally fit filly, she doesn't gallop at home but it's a tricky time of the year with fillies dealing with hormones and getting their winter coats so we'll gladly put her away."

Prendergast is eyeing next year's Guineas at Newmarket - she is a general 16/1 chance - and has no worries about stepping up to a mile.

"It's great to have horse to look forward to the Guineas with, it makes the winter a lot shorter. Stepping up to seven furlongs has been a big factor in her improvement and Ronan said to me Sunday night, he's looking forward to riding her over a mile," he said.

"Who would have guessed that with a small little five-furlong winner? She showed an awful lot of speed early on in the year but as she's got a little bit older and stronger, she has improved massively."

Meanwhile, Joseph O'Brien was the big winner at Galway last night with the success of the Niall McCullagh-ridden Baby Pink (10/1) in the Listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes leading a 659/1 four-timer - followed by wins from Elleanthus (5/1), Song Of The Sky (3/1) and Cascabel (6/4) - while Michael Stoute's King George hero Poet's Word will not race again this season after suffering an injury setback.

Irish Independent

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