Every season it is expected that the major yards, Gosden and O’Brien to name two, would be right at the cream of the crop. However, in the fillies’ division the label falls to rookie trainer Patrick Prendergast and his star two-year-old, Skitter Scatter.
The fact that she is still in double figures for the 2019 1000 Guineas is somewhat an insult to many, justifiably so as well. The daughter of much-loved sire Scat Daddy has rarely put a foot wrong this season, progressing vastly on each start.
The real progression started in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown, where she annihilated a field containing some of the highest regarded juveniles in Ireland this season.
Naturally she stepped up to group two and one action and again, pulverised her opposition. The latter result was a crowning moment with a ready two-length success in the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend, where her beaten rivals have franked the form since.
The fact that makes this even more impressive was that she made her debut in late March, and has been on the go all season.
Prendergast decided against running her in America at the Breeder’s Cup to save her for next year’s classic campaign, and that could be the most defining decision of her career.
She has been the standout superstar of the juvenile fillies’ division without a doubt, and with the lack of a star older filly next year too, Skitter Scatter could scoop many prizes at the top level.
Many people are adamant in the fact that if she was trained in Ballydoyle and not by Prendergast, she would already be hailed a champion two-year-old. But, in effect that doesn’t even matter, as she very well could go under the radar and is definitely a horse to follow next season.