Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes
Group 1, Leopardstown 17:25
€350,000 added,
3yo plus, fillies,
1m, Class 1   
Saturday 14th September 2019

John Oxx's Skitter Scatter won her final three starts as a juvenile last season – completing her hat-trick with a top-level triumph in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September.

Skitter Scatter
© Caroline Norris
Skitter Scatter

With trainer Patrick Prendergast deciding to relinquish his licence during the off-season to join forces with Oxx, she made her debut for the Currabeg maestro in May's 1000 Guineas at Newmarket – only to trail home 14th of the 15 runners.

It subsequently transpired Skitter Scatter had torn a muscle during the Rowley Mile Classic, and Oxx is in no rush to commit to imminent targets.

He said: “She’s making gradual progress. She’s been confined to walking exercise for a month and we’re coming to the end of that now, so we’ll see how we go from here.

“We think it (torn muscle) happened about three furlongs out, and she just went backwards then. It’s disappointing, but these things happen.”

Patience is proving key to the filly’s recovery.

“It’s a slow process, and she hasn’t been given the all-clear to step up her work yet,” added Oxx.

“These things take time and we’ll just have to be patient.

“She will recover all right and hopefully it will be soon enough, but we haven’t set any deadline for her to run.

“The Matron Stakes is a Group One target we have in mind for her, but how we get there – whether we can get one or two runs into her beforehand – we’ll just have to see how she progresses.”

Trainers Quotes

Francis Graffard’s Watch Me got the better of Aidan O’Brien’s dual Guineas winner Hermosa in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the pair could clash again.

Watch Me is one of three French entries along with the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained French Oaks runner-up Commes and Pascal Bary’s Obligate, who is herself unbeaten in three starts.

William Haggas has four possibles with Royal Ascot winner Move Swiftly, and Awesometank among them.

Along with Hermosa, Aidan O’Brien has entered Magical and Pink Dogwood among others, with Pretty Polly winner Iridessa also in the mix.

Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes
Group 1, 1m , Race Value: €350,000
28 remaining entries

Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER
1 6-1272 Awesometank 4 9-5 William Haggas
2 062333 I Can Fly 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
3 18-261 Laurens 4 9-5 K R Burke
4 532202 Magic Wand 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
5 -11122 Magical 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
6 222-16 Move Swiftly 4 9-5 William Haggas
7 -41381 Red Tea 6 9-5 Joseph O'Brien
8 9-9375 Rionach 4 9-5 M D O'Callaghan
9 3-2320 Solar Gold 4 9-5 William Haggas
10 6-4341 Veracious 4 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute
11 12-222 Commes 3 9-0 J-C Rouget
12 884754 Coral Beach 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
13 6-3421 Goddess 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
14 3118 Hamariyna 3 9-0 M Halford
15 1-2162 Happen 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
16 2-1129 Hermosa 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
17 -38417 Iridessa 3 9-0 Joseph O'Brien
18 -67825 Just Wonderful 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
19 05 Magic Fountain 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
20 64-123 Magnetic Charm 3 9-0 William Haggas
21 3-1188 Maqsad 3 9-0 William Haggas
22 3-1 Mia Maria 3 9-0 D K Weld
23 1-113 Obligate 3 9-0 P Bary
24 5-1233 Pink Dogwood 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
25 2111-0 Skitter Scatter 3 9-0 John M Oxx
26 -31958 So Perfect 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
27 9-0131 Viadera 3 9-0 G M Lyons
28 1-1614 Watch Me 3 9-0 F-H Graffard