Moonee Valley Debutant Double

Oct 05, 2013

Most of the attention on the first of our two Moonee Valley winners on Friday night was on her name - but hopefully that won't detract from the fact that Scratchy Bottom actually has a great deal of talent.

A valley in Dorset, England - in a survey named the country's second most unfortunate name (after Shitterton!) Scratchy Bottom is at least a memorable name for a horse!

Well regarded by the stable, the daughter of Sebring sat back on the rails in the 1533m maiden, getting out from before the turn - hitting the lead at the 100m and racing away to a soft 3½ length victory.

"She is a nice filly," Michael Kent enthused.

"She was quite forward as a two-year-old but she went a bit lanky on us and this time in it took a whiel for her to come right in the coat."

"At one stage I thought she will be our Oaks filly but we will see how she goes - there is a Group 3 at Moonee Valley in three week's time that suits."

Raced by Gilgai Farm's Rick Jamieson, Scratchy Bottom was a $120,000 purchase at the 2012 Easter Yearling Sale.

Hailing from the first crop of her Golden Slipper winning sire, Scratchy Bottom - who carries a 4 X 2 cross of Danehill - is a half-sister to three winners out of the stakes placed Silk Veil whose dam Lady Of Persia won three Listed events in France.

It was a running double for the stable when Accord took out the following event - also impressively.

Settling mid-field on the rails, the Dubawi colt hooked out approaching the turn, swinging three wide into the straight and quickly hitting the lead and getting clear.

Holding on strongly as others closed, Accord won by a half length with a bit in hand and the best is still to come for the three-year-old who Kent says will only improve.

"He will be a better horse in the autumn," he said, adding that "he is a really nice horse who is still a bit backward."

"If I decided to run him again it will be in the Vase on Cox Plate Day," he said, "but we will see how he goes - he just keeps growing on me!"

A $110,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Horses In Training Sale, Accord is out of the imported Fairy Bride who hails from one of the world's most prolific families - that of the influential stallions Sadler's Wells, Nureyev, Fairy King and Thatching - as well as the much missed local Northern Meteor.

Congratulations to his owners Botsky Pty Ltd (manager Neven Botica), Matthew Sandblom, Rex Gorell, Paul Henley, Craig Mathieson and Peter Henley.