Patrick Prendergast Stable Tour

    Curragh trainer Patrick Prendergast gives us the inside scoop on his string including Debutante Stakes heroine Skitter Skatter, who’s set to line up in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes on Sunday.
  • Wednesday 12 September 2018
  • Stable Tours

Patrick Prendergast has held a trainer’s licence for just over 15 years and in that time he has consistently overachieved with the ammunition at his disposal.

A grandson of the legendary trainer Darkie Prendergast that learned his trade as an assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute, Prendergast trains from a historic yard on the edge of the Curragh and has produced a consistent stream of winners in recent years.

Renowned as a particularly good nurturer of two-year-olds, he has sent out the likes of Waterways, Coral Wave, Seolan and Sugar Boy to win at stakes level as juveniles.

Indeed, his current stable star is also a two-year-old, with him having trained Skitter Scatter to win the Group 3 Silver Flash stakes at Leopardstown and the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.

Patrick took time out from his busy schedule to talk through his team of horses with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com.

Older Horses

Canary Row

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Holy Roman Emperor - Fresh Mint (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: P J Prendergast
  • Last Race: Naas, 4 Nov 2018 14:30
  • Result: 3/16, towards rear, 13th halfway, headway under 3f out, ridden in 6th over 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on well to 3rd close home, never nearer
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Form Profile:

Rated 88, he is a five-time winner that has been shaping well without winning this season.

Trainer Says:

He runs at Listowel today. He has been kept in the yard as a lead horse and he’s brilliant at that job. We hope to have him around for a long time yet, so we are going to race him a bit less going forward. He loves soft ground, so that’s why he hasn’t run much this year, and I thought he ran a really nice race at Galway last time. He is a fresh horse for this time of year and now that he has dropped back to below 90, which has always seemed to be important for him to go close in a handicap, I’d be hopeful he can run very well today. Either way, we are all very fond of him here.

Video Form
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Three Year Olds

Herdwick (GB)

Form Profile:

Rated 72, he failed to win in five starts for Sir Michael Stoute, but changed hands for 36,000gns in July and joined Prendergast.

Trainer Says:

He runs at Listowel today. I bought him out of Sir Michael Stoute’s yard and both he and Ted Durcan felt that he is a nice horse for whom things just hadn’t gone right for. We gelded him after we got him. He seemingly has an aversion to firm ground, so while running him on heavy ground at Listowel is going from one extreme to another, we’ll learn more about him down there.

Video Form
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Mm Sixsevei

  • 3-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Dragon Pulse - Lara Celeb (Peintre Celebre)
  • Trained by: P J Prendergast
  • Last Race: Tipperary, 14 May 2018 16:55
  • Result: Won/6, prominent and disputed lead from halfway, pushed along and soon led, ridden over 1f out and soon stretched clear, kept on strongly inside final furlong, easily
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Form Profile:

Won a maiden at Tipperary by 14 lengths back in May.

Trainer Says:

She was very impressive when she won a maiden at Tipperary last May and was subsequently bought by Phoenix Thoroughbreds. She handles soft ground particularly well, she seems to be able to skip across it, so we’ve been waiting with her through the dry summer for some rain to arrive. She’s a tricky filly to place at this stage of her career as the programme book doesn’t offer too many suitable options for her, but we’ll find a spot for her soon. I’d be hopeful she can be a stakes filly in due course and she is a sprinter.

Video Form
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Moteo

Form Profile:

Made a promising winning debut in a maiden at Leopardstown in August.

Trainer Says:

She came to me from Ballylinch Stud and both John O’Connor and Pat Shanahan liked her when she was being pre-trained there. They didn’t do a lot with her as a two-year-old, so she has very low mileage on the clock. She won very well at Leopardstown and I think she has improved since then. We might give her a crack at the Garnet Stakes at Naas on October 21st. We’ll look after her, as she’s going to be a very nice four-year-old. Black type will be the aim for her and she will have no problem with a mile-and-a-quarter.

Video Form
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War Hero

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Declaration Of War - Sugar Mint (High Chaparral)
  • Trained by: P J Prendergast
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 12 Jul 2018 18:45
  • Result: 6/6, led, headed after 1f out and soon dropped to 3rd, pushed along from 3f out, soon lost place and weakened to rear under 2f out, no extra and eased from 1f out, tailed off
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Form Profile:

Rated 78, he won a maiden at Dundalk in February and has run well without winning since then.

Trainer Says:

We gelded him since he last ran and we’ve given him a good break. He seems to have a particular liking for the all-weather, so we thought we’d freshen him up and have him for the winter season at Dundalk. I think seven furlongs is probably his best trip and hopefully he’ll win another couple of races.

Video Form
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Two Year Olds

Could Be King (GB)

Form Profile:

Has yet to win in three starts, but ran very well when fourth in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh in August.

Trainer Says:

His homework was very good prior to his debut at Leopardstown and I was a little bit disappointed with him there. I just don’t think he zoned in on the day and he didn’t learn a lot either. He ran a cracker in the Futurity considering he was understandably a bit green and he learned plenty there too. We ran him back a week later in the Round Tower and he hung quite badly across the track there which cost him a lot of ground. He was a little bit jarred up after that, so we are going to freshen him up, wait for a cut in the ground and probably drop him back to maiden company next time. He’s a very nice horse and when things go right for him I think he’ll be competing in Group company. He should get a mile next year, but I’d say he won’t want any further than that.

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Ho Ho Bird

  • 2-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Dark Angel - Littlefeather (Indian Ridge)
  • Trained by: P J Prendergast
  • Last Race: Curragh, 31 Aug 2018 16:20
  • Result: 11/20, quick away, soon disputed lead, headed approaching halfway, soon 3rd, impeded under 2f out, no extra and one pace after
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Form Profile:

Shaped well on her debut at Leopardstown in August, but ran below that form on her next start at the Curragh.

Trainer Says:

She made a really nice debut at Leopardstown. We expected her to run very well on her next start, but she had a tricky draw and it forced Ronan to do more than ideal on her in the early stages. She came home a tired filly that day and was a bit sore the next day. She has had a few niggly problems along the way, but they are all related to immaturity. I’m lucky that she is owned by the Loders, who don’t put me under any pressure with her, so I’ll give her the time she needs. She should win a maiden when she’s right and will be a better filly next year. She’ll be worth waiting for.

Video Form
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Mosh

Form Profile:

Shaped with promise on her debut at the Curragh in August.

Trainer Says:

She’s only had the one run and it didn’t really go to plan. She probably jumped a bit well and ended up doing too much early, so she got tired late on. She is going to be a better filly next year and I’d say she might just have one more run this year. She should be up to winning a maiden and should stay a mile-and-a-quarter in due course.

Video Form
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Scotts Honor

Form Profile:

Rated 77, he made a promising debut at the Curragh, but was a bit below form in two subsequent starts.

Trainer Says:

He’s a big, mentally immature horse. He has always shown promise at home, but he just wasn’t doing the right thing at the races. The lads at home have done a great job with him to calm him down and I was happy with his last run at Roscommon. He’s a horse that if he can put it all together some day, there will be a good day in him.

Video Form
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Skitter Scatter (USA)

Form Profile:

Rated 108, she has won three of her six starts to date including the Group 3 Silver Flash stakes at Leopardstown and the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.

Trainer Says:

She runs in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday and she worked very well this morning. I’m watching the skies all the time, as I’d hate to run her on heavy ground, but I think she’d handle soft ground through pure honesty and guts. She’s a lovely filly to train, very simple, straightforward and she tries. She always showed a lot of speed at home and looked the fastest animal in the yard from an early stage. She was just a quick learner and was able to win over five furlongs early in the season, but she has enjoyed stepping up in trip more recently. Hopefully the dream of Guineas trials and the 1000 Guineas will still be very much alive after Sunday. I’m conscious of not overdoing it with her this season and my hunch is that we might leave her at that for the season if all goes to plan on Sunday.

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Summerset

Form Profile:

Made a promising debut at Gowran Park in July, but ran below that form on her second start.

Trainer Says:

She made a very pleasing debut, but I made her a mistake sending her to Dundalk for her second start, as she didn’t seem to handle it up there at all. She’ll have one more run this year and she’s one that will be better next year. She’s just immature. She has plenty of toe and is likely to be a six/seven-furlong filly.

Video Form
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Sunday Spark

Form Profile:

Shaped with promise without winning in two starts in April.

Trainer Says:

He ran well in both his starts. I thought he’d be an ideal horse for the final of the Forans auction series at Naas, but he kept getting sore in his hamstring. We decided to geld him and he is out of training, but we are looking forward to him next year.

Video Form
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Will Be King

Form Profile:

Has run well in both his starts in maidens to date.

Trainer Says:

He has run well in both his starts, but is just a bit weak at the minute. He’ll be a nice horse next year and should stay a mile-and-a-quarter in due course. He’s in the Champions Sale at Leopardstown on Saturday and if he doesn’t sell, I’d be delighted to have him back to train for next season.

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