Itchin' For A Win

Feb 01, 2014

“I have always had a nice opinion of her,” said Michael Kent after the stunning return of Scratchy Bottom at Caulfield on Saturday.

Having only her third start – and her first since a Group Two fourth at Moonee Valley last October, the lightly raced and exciting three-year-old created a fine impression resuming with a win in the Robert Hunter Handicap.

Settling back of an awkward start, Scratchy Bottom needed luck behind a wall of runners coming to the turn but a patient ride by Michael Rodd paid dividends.

Hooking her out in the straight, Rodd gave the filly plenty of room and away she went – attacking the line with vigour to win by ¾ length with plenty in hand.

“She is always hopeless early,” Kent said, referring to Scratchy Bottom’s tendency to scramble out of the gates, “but she is always really, really good late.”

“She still has a fair bit more to come,” he continued, adding that the Adelaide carnival is the aim for the Rick Jamieson owned filly who he “likes a lot.”

A member of the debut crop of Golden Slipper hero Sebring, Scratchy Bottom – named after a pub at which Kent said he “would like to have a drink at one day” – was a $120,000 purchase at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

A smart debut winner at Moonee Valley in early October, the bay has improved through the break having pulled up “a bit jaded” after her second spring outing.

Bred on a 4 X 2 cross of Danehill, Scratchy Bottom is out of that stallion’s stakes placed daughter Silk Veil whose dam Lady Of Persia won three Listed races in France.

Ancestress of this family – one that has already enjoyed black type success in Australia with the Group One filly Cheeky Choice – is the outstanding foundation mare Double Life whose sons Precipitation and Persian Gulf were both notable stallions.

 

Photo courtesy of Bruno Cannatelli.