Skitter Scatter’s Date with Frankel

Group One winning, Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Skitter Scatter, now retired, has a date with the mighty Frankel. One’s initial response would be: why not? Would anyone be daunted by the fact that Frankel has never been mated with a Scat Daddy mare? He does have a Group One winning son in Japan, Mozu Ascot, with a Hennessy mare, and has had graded stakes placed offspring with Giant’s Causeway. If your checkbook can handle the £175,000, getting on the phone with Banstead Manor Stud for Skitter Scatter is a no-brainer, even before examining the rest of her pedigree.

But it is the rest of her pedigree, when put together with Frankel’s, that seals the deal, and makes Skitter Scatter’s owners/breeders, Airlie Stud and Three Chimneys Farm, look brilliant. Frankel, of course, needs little introduction. He was a super race horse, dual Champion and multiple Group One winner, and is now a super stud. He started 14 times and won 14 times, earning just under three million pounds, and just the fact that Prince Khalid Abdullah named him posthumously after his longtime, beloved North American trainer, Bobby Frankel, tipped the world off that this colt was something very special. His son, Call the Wind, just won the Saudi Turf Handicap on premier Saudi World Cup day for Freddy Head and Olivier Peslier, and, of course, for dad, Frankel. By Galileo, out of the Danehill mare Kind, with a second dam by Rainbow Quest, by Blushing Groom, Frankel’s pedigree called out for mates featuring Nijinsky II and more Mr. Prospector to reel in the strengths (Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser) of Urban Sea, by Miswaki.

Skitter Scatter’s pedigree features both those elements, but so much more as well. She is inbred 6 x 5 x 5 x 7 to Northern Dancer, and 7 x 6 x 6 x 6 x 8 to Natalma, through sons and daughters of this important mare, and also features Natalma’s half-sister, Cosmah, the dam of Halo. Her pedigree is also stock-full of Princequillo mares, 8 x 8 x 8, including Somethingroyal, Monarchy and Cequillo. Her two doses of Mr. Prospector, through Scat Daddy’s Mr. Prospector dam, Love Style, and via Machiavellian, Europe’s most important son of Mr. Prospector, are also on the zig zag. As are her three doses of Nijinsky II, top and bottom, through the mares Likeable Style and State in Scat Daddy and the sire Ile de Bourbon in her dams’ side. Her third broodmare sire, Kahyasi, is out of a Blushing Groom mare, securing the powerful Nijinsky/Blushing Groom cross. She also features the important trifecta of closely related Turn-to/My Babu/Klairon. Two doses of Ribot, through Tom Fool and His Majesty, also grace this formidable dams’ side pedigree, adding stamina to Scat Daddy’s sprint ability. The crowning touch: Skitter Scatter’s second broodmare sire is Danehill. Talk about a masterpiece of a pedigree: Danzig, on Razyana, by His Majesty, out of Spring Adieu, whose sire was Buckpasser, and whose dam was Natalma herself.

This, of course, would make the prospective foal from this mating 3 x 4 Danehill, as Frankel, as mentioned, is out of the Danehill mare Kind. Razyana, by Buckpasser, is a perfect complement to Urban Sea, the Miswaki dam of Galileo, with her Buckpasser. The Mr. P/Danehill/Buckpasser echo, top and bottom, cements the possibilities of this foal, though certainly the Blushing Groom in Frankel also perfectly complements all of the Nijinsky II and Blushing Groom in Skitter Scatter.

As I said earlier, if you’ve got the mare and the money, breeding to Frankel is a no-brainer. But the engineering of this prospective foal’s pedigree is a thing of beauty, to be admired and breathlessly awaited. I’d also guess that this foal will never be seen at auction, as Airlie Stud tends to keep and race its own. By a Champion, out of a Champion, the sky is the limit for this foal.

-- Roberta Smoodin

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