DADDY’S DAUGHTER made her belated debut a winning one at Kempton today in a fillies’ novice over a mile under Robert Winston. The daughter of the great Scat Daddy cost $150,000 as a yearling but has needed time and judging by today’s performance, she could have a future.
One of 14 fillies in the field, she was well drawn in stall one but dwelt early on. Soon in midfield, she began to get the hang of things and made progress two furlongs out making ground on the leaders on the wide outside a furlong from home. She maintained her momentum and led 75 yards from home to win by half a length from second favourite, Elenora Delight with a further length back to the odds on favourite, Cloudlam.
The 7/1 shot, Daddy’s Daughter, was emulating another Scat Daddy three-year-old for the stable in winning first time out this year at Kempton and this was not the only similarity. The colt also ran over a mile and he too won by half a length. Both horses are owned by the yard’s biggest owners, Michael and Heather Yarrow. Congratulations to Michael and Heather, who have had to be very patient this year and not only with their two Scat Daddy’s.
Today’s win was the 32nd for Harper Lodge Farm and the second in three days, following Villette’s welcome but rather surprising 25/1 victory at Newmarket on Saturday. After a quiet September, the yard seems to be picking up with four winners within the last four weeks. While it will not surpass last year’s stellar season in terms of prize money, it traditionally does well at this time of year on the all-weather and with lady luck on its side, will not be far off a record season in terms of winners, which was 39 achieved in 2013.