Skitter Scatter storms to Debutante Stakes glory

Pat Prendergast on cloud nine at Curragh

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Skitter Scatter ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh for trainer Pat Prendergast.

Lining up as the most experienced filly in the field, she was having her sixth outing and was sent off at 7-1.

She had won two of those, including the Silver Flash Stakes last time out, but this looked an improved performance.

Ronan Whelan always looked to have everything covered and when the expected challenge from Zagitova failed to materialise Skitter Scatter scooted clear.

Jim Bolger’s 50-1 chance Bandiuc Eile stuck on for second with Zagitova only third.

“I’m delighted. I was very worried about the rain but she’s so honest,” said Prendergast.

“She deserves her place in the Moyglare as she has kept improving all year. If the Moyglare turned out to be heavy we’d worry some more but at the moment that’s where we are going.

“Hopefully that and then we’ll go for a Guineas trial next year.

“She’s all guts and she makes training very easy because she’s very very honest and sound. The main thing is that she actually tries to do too much.

“My staff have done a marvellous job with her. I’m so grateful that a small yard like ours has something like her.

“She was very impressive. The Lavery’s horse (Lady Kaya) was worrying me for a while because she was travelling very well too and I’d say she’s a nice filly.

“My filly really really knows her job, she’s a pro. She goes on firm ground very very well so we’ll see if the Moyglare is very heavy but that’s where we’re going at the minute.

“If it’s heavy we’ll work her on it first. Ronan thinks she has the guts and the attitude to go on anything.

“I love to buy and sell them but it can be frustrating too. It’s lovely to have one like that and we know we’re keeping her.”

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