Skitter Scatter set for Thursday return in Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary
John Oxx is charting a path towards the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend with the long-absent Skitter Scatter, who will bid to get her campaign back up and running in the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary on Thursday.
Skitter Scatter, who won the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes last year, hasn't raced since beating only one filly home in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May when she was found to have suffered a muscle tear.
Despite her long absence Oxx is hopeful of a positive showing from the filly at Tipperary.
Oxx said: "The plan is to run her in the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary on Thursday. She's in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend and we'd like to get her out before then.
"This is the week we'd like to get a prep race into her as Irish Champions Weekend is coming up quick enough."
He added: "She's in the Snow Fairy Stakes at the Curragh on Friday but we'd much prefer to run her over seven furlongs rather than nine furlongs, so she's pretty certain to run [at Tipperary] even if the ground is on the soft side.
“She won the Moyglare when it had turned more soft than yielding. It's not ideal for her but she has form on ground with a degree of soft in it as well as fast ground."
Skitter Scatter is reportedly back on song at Oxx’s famous Currabeg Stables having been allowed the time needed to get over the injury which led to such a sub-par effort at Newmarket where she was sent off at 7-1.
Hoping to salvage the second half of the season with Skitter Scatter, Oxx concluded: “She's been going well at home but she's had a long time off with her injury.
"It has been a slow enough process – it couldn't be hurried – but she has come on quickly in her work and I think she's progressed so I think she's ready to run a good race.
"We're hoping there will be a little bit of improvement from the run to Irish Champions Weekend if all goes well of course."
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