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 four French entries along with stable companion Bowled Over, 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 seven possibles with Royal Ascot winner Move Swiftly, Beshaayir and One Master among them.

Karl Burke’s Laurens could also return having beaten Alpha Centuari in last year’s race.

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
36 entries

Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER
1 226-12 Awesometank 4 9-5 William Haggas
2 1551-1 Beshaayir 4 9-5 William Haggas
3 -10623 I Can Fly 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
4 118-26 Laurens 4 9-5 K R Burke
5 -25322 Magic Wand 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
6 2-1112 Magical 4 9-5 A P O'Brien
7 1222-1 Move Swiftly 4 9-5 William Haggas
8 158-43 One Master 5 9-5 William Haggas
9 13831- Qazyna 4 9-5 Roger Varian
10 6-4138 Red Tea 6 9-5 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
11 9-9375 Rionach 4 9-5 M D O'Callaghan
12 413-23 Solar Gold 4 9-5 William Haggas
13 16-434 Veracious 4 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute
14 11 Bowled Over 1 3 9-0 F-H Graffard
15 12-222 Commes 3 9-0 J-C Rouget
16 51-884 Coral Beach 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
17 916-34 Goddess 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
18 3118 Hamariyna 3 9-0 M Halford
19 41-216 Happen 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
20 22-112 Hermosa 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
21 1-2433 Imperial Charm 3 9-0 Simon Crisford
22 1-3841 Iridessa 3 9-0 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
23 14-678 Just Wonderful 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
24 05 Magic Fountain 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
25 164-12 Magnetic Charm 3 9-0 William Haggas
26 23-118 Maqsad 3 9-0 William Haggas
27 3- Mia Maria 3 9-0 D K Weld
28 03-764 Mia Mento 3 9-0 Thomas Mullins
29 411-20 Mot Juste 3 9-0 Roger Varian
30 1-11 Obligate 3 9-0 P Bary
31 15-123 Pink Dogwood 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
32 1-139 Qabala 3 9-0 Roger Varian
33 2111-0 Skitter Scatter 3 9-0 John M Oxx
34 33-319 So Perfect 3 9-0 A P O'Brien
35 29-013 Viadera 3 9-0 G M Lyons
36 31-161 Watch Me 3 9-0 F-H Graffard