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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Nothing hidden about the talent of Scat Daddy's latest juvenile winner

The late, great stallion looks to have another top-notcher to send him off

Scat Daddy: died suddenly at Ashford Stud aged only 11 in 2015
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Scat Daddy – a renowned source of top-class stock, and precocious performers in particular – is being represented by his final crop of two-year-olds this year after he died unexpectedly at Ashford Stud in Kentucky aged only 11 in December 2015.

Those juveniles are sending their sire off in style, as one promising talent emerges after another this season.


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They include Sunday's Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Skitter Scatter as well as stakes scorers Sergei Prokofiev, So Perfect and Van Beethoven, the Group-placed Gossamer Wings and Legends Of War, and exciting once-raced winners Dull Knife, Kadar and Magic J.

The latest bright prospect to emerge is Hidden Message, who strolled to a three-and-three-quarter-length victory on debut for trainer William Haggas and owner Qatar Racing in a 6f fillies' novice stakes at Yarmouth on Thursday.

Hidden Message was bred by Frank Hutchinson and is the eighth foal out of the Green Desert mare Secret Charm, who won the Listed Radley Stakes at two and finished fifth behind Attraction in both the Newmarket and Curragh 1,000 Guineas at three.

The dam is a half-sister to another Radley Stakes winner in Relish The Thought, who went on to finish third in the Oaks and produced the Grade 1-placed My Gi Gi. The siblings are out of Grade 1 Starlet Stakes third Viz.

Secret Charm has now produced four winners and although none have gained black type, her son Encipher was awarded a Racing Post Rating of 106 for finishing a neck second in a hot Meydan handicap, and Hidden Message looks as though she should become a first stakes performer for the dam.

Hidden Message was a $150,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Hunter Valley Farm and had been catalogued for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale in April but was a withdrawal.

The Munnings half-sister to Hidden Message was sold to Marc Detampel for just $95,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale on Wednesday.

It is not just Scat Daddy's two-year-olds who have been causing breeders to lament the son of Johannesburg's early demise this year.

His penultimate crop yielded Triple Crown laureate Justify, who last week arrived at Ashford Stud in preparation for his stallion career, as well as UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn, while the earlier son No Nay Never is dazzling as a first-season sire, with more than 20 winners to his name including Group scorers Land Force and Ten Sovereigns.


Read more about Scat Daddy...

The story of Scat Daddy, source of Justify and Royal Ascot sire extraordinaire

Race against time for Coolmore to establish a Scat Daddy sire-line

Pinhookers in clover as Scat Daddy's final juveniles soar in value

Scat Daddy's younger brother doing a fine job of upholding family honour

Million-dollar Phoenix filly Mistress Of Love graduates at Newcastle

 

It is not just Scat Daddy's two-year-olds who have been causing breeders to lament the son of Johannesburg's early demise this year
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