Skitter Skatter, Havana Grey Earn Breeders’ Cup Berths Sunday At The Curragh

Anthony Rogers and Mrs. Sonia Rogers’s 2-year-old filly Skitter Skatter angled to the center of the course at The Curragh and overtook Lady Kaya (IRE) inside the final 150 yards to win the seven furlong, $408,143 Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) by two lengths under jockey Ronan Whelan and became the first horse to earn an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.

One race earlier, Global Racing Club and Mrs. E. Burke’s 3-year-old Havana Grey (GB) went wire-to-wire to win the $418,142 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (G1) and gained a free berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of 85 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 2-3.

As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for both Skitter Skatter and Havana Grey to start in their respective Breeders’ Cup races. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. If not Breeders’ Cup eligible, the Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the pre-entry deadline of October 22 to receive the rewards.

Winning her fourth race in seven starts, Skitter Skatter, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Scat Daddy, trained by Kevin Prendergast, was sent off as the 7-2 favorite in the 10-horse field. She was in sixth place through the first half of the race while Lady Kaya, 8-1, made a strong move for the lead on the grandstand side of the course with a furlong remaining. But that’s when Skitter Skatter began to roll, angling to the center of the course to the front for a two-length win.

Skitter Skatter won her third consecutive Group race, having taken the seven-furlong Jockey Club of Turkey Flash Stakes (G3) at Leopardstown on July 26, and one month later, was victorious in the seven-furlong Debutante Stakes (G2) over a yielding course at The Curragh by 2 1/4 lengths.

In the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five at five furlongs, the 15-8 favored Havana Grey broke well in the center of the course against eight rivals, established a lead along the rail and held off the late charge 22-1 Son of Rest (GB) by a half-length to register his first Group 1 win. Trained by Karl Burke, Havana Grey, a gray 3-year-old son of Havana Gold (IRE), had won the five-furlong Sapphire Stakes (G2) at The Curragh on June 22 by one length. He raced twice since that victory finishing sixth in the King George Qatar Stakes (G2) on Aug. 3, and fifth in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) at York on Aug. 24.

The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five was the fourth Breeders’ Cup Challenge race this year in the Turf Sprint division. Disco Partner, winner of the Jaipur Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park; Merchant Navy (AUS), who won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot, but was retired after the race; Long On Value, winner of the Highlander Stakes (G1) at Woodbine and Alpha Delphini (GB), who captured the Coolmore Nunthorpe are the other automatic qualifiers thus far.

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