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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Prendergast hoping Skitter Skatter can halt O'Brien's Debutante domination

Patrick Prendergast seeking second Pattern win for Skitter Scatter
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2.35 Curragh
Debutante Stakes (Group 2) | 2yo fillies | 7f | ATR

Aidan O'Brien has been dominant in the last three runnings of the Debutante Stakes, but trainer Patrick Prendergast is hopeful his Skitter Scatter – the only Group-race winner in the ten-runner field – can put an end to the Ballydoyle man's run.

Prendergast said of Ronan Whelan's mount, who won the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown last month: "Skitter Scatter is in good form and we're happy with her.

"I'm sure she'll give her usual honest display and we're hoping for the best. Hopefully they won't get a lot of rain as slow ground wouldn't be ideal for her."

Lady Kaya created a big impression when scoring by ten lengths over course and distance two weeks ago, when she made all and had the race won by halfway.

Her trainer Sheila Lavery said: "Everything is good with Lady Kaya. We took her to the Curragh for a spin early in the week. We've just been keeping her ticking over and we're very happy with her."

O'Brien, who has won this race with the likes of Rhododendron, Tapestry and Maybe in the last seven renewals, is three-handed.

Ryan Moore partners Cork maiden winner Zagitova, who is prominent in ante-post markets for next year's Classics, Seamie Heffernan is on Galway victor Hermosa and Wayne Lordan rides course-and-distance winner Peach Tree.

O'Brien said: "Zagitova won well at Cork. We haven't done a lot with her since but she seems in good form.

"We've been happy with Hermosa since Galway and with Peach Tree, who will stay further in time."

Iridessa, an easy four-length winner over a mile on her debut at Killarney, and like Zagitova already quoted for next year's Classics, represents the O'Brien brothers Joseph and Donnacha.

Trainer Joseph O'Brien said on Saturday: "Iridessa is in good form and while this will be a big step up in class for her the form of the Killarney race is working out quite well."

The Ger Lyons-trained Viadera, runner-up in the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh last month, is stepping up in trip, while Jessica Harrington said of Chocolate Music: "She won her maiden by a nose over six furlongs at the track and we'll have to see how she fares stepping up in class. I don't want to see much rain for her though."

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Sky Bet 9 Pretty Pollyanna, 16 Beyond Reason, Goddess, Zagitova, 20 bar

I'm sure she'll give her usual honest display and we're hoping for the best. Hopefully, they won't get a lot of rain as slow ground wouldn't be ideal
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