After ruling 1,000 Guineas flop, Skitter Scatter out of Royal Ascot, John Oxx is hoping she’ll be ready for Septembers’ Leopardstown big meeting. Daughter of Scat Daddy, Skitter Scatter won her final three starts as a juvenile during last season. She completed her hat-trick with a first-class triumph in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.
During the off-season, trainer Patrick Prendergast made the decision to relinquish his license and join forces with Oxx. As a result, Skitter Scatter made her debut for the Currabeg master in the Classic at Newmarket, only to come in 14th of the 15 runners. It later transpired that Skitter Scatter had torn a muscle at the Rowley Mile Classic. Oxx is not in a hurry to commit to targets at this point, saying that she is making slow progress. The horse has been confined to walking exercise for the past month.
Oxx believes the torn muscle happened around three furlongs out when Skitter Scatter started going backwards. Oxx has said that "these things take time and we’ll have to be patient". He is confident she will recover and soon enough, but there is no deadline for her to run as yet. Oxx does have the Matron Stakes as a Group 1 target in mind for the horse, but it all depends on her recovery progress.
Meanwhile, talented runner, Manuela De Vega, is also likely to give Ascot a miss. Ralph Beckett is keen to run her in the Kerrygold Irish Oaks, though, following her good effort at Epsom. Cheshire Oaks runner-up to Mehdaayih, Manuela De Vega turned the tables on John Gosden’s runner in the Oaks at Epsom. But she had to make do with minor honours in fourth in Anapurna, coming in just behind another Gosden runner.
Resources tell us that she is unlikely to participate in the Irish race, but Beckett remains keen to get Manuela De Vega into the Curragh Classic, citing the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot as a possibility. According to Beckett, "the trouble with running in the Ribblesdale is unless you win, it’s a terrible decision". He remains keen for the Irish Oaks, regardless.
Waitingfortheday thwarts Skitter Scatter's Return to Tipperary
Most recently, Skitter Scatter was pencilled in for a return in the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes, which took place at Tipperary last week.
Trainer Patrick Prendergast was hopeful for a good result from Skitter Scatter on the track. Prendergast said that the horse seemed happy and well, and they were looking forward to getting her back in action. Sadly, the three-year-old's return to Tipperary was upset by Waitingfortheday, who edged out the daughter of Scat Daddy by half a length.
Skitter Scatter will be back in shape for a Royal Ascot race before we know it, and that means crowds of royalty and high society gathered for a day at the races. While winning a payout provided by a lottery such as Lottoland’s Millionaire Lotto, with previous record jackpots reaching €190 million, isn't necessary to attend a high-profile race, it would certainly help you gain access to exclusive VIP options such as the Michelin star fine dining and afternoon teas that are available.
As for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes set to take place at Leopardstown on September 14th, Skitter Scatter has plenty of work ahead of her after being so close at Tipperary. Her trainer says her home work is better than ever, but of course, the proof is in the pudding.