Scat Daddy Juvenile Wins Newmarket’s G2 Royal Lodge Stakes

First-crop Scat Daddy colt Daddy Long Legs (2c Scat Daddy-Dreamy Maiden, by Meadowlake) proved himself one of Europe’s best juveniles at Newmarket on Saturday.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge ran out an impressive winner of the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes under jockey Colm O’Donoghue, coasting to a three and a quarter length victory.

“He is very straightforward,” said O’Donoghue. “He jumped great, travelled really good and moved up through the gears. He is a nice horse, who is improving.

“He’s very mature mentally for a two-year-old and deserved that win, he’s done well for the experience of his last run at Doncaster.

“This is a big horse with a great action and temperament. He’s a nice horse to look forward to for next year.”

Bookmakers make Daddy Long Legs, a $100,000 yearling bred by Woodford Thoroughbreds, a leading contender for next season’s G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Derby and trainer Aidan O’Brien said that the colt could be seen again this year.

“The winner was very green at Doncaster last time out but Joseph (O’Brien) was very happy with him. He said that a mile here on fast ground would suit and the horse learned a lot at Doncaster,” said O’Brien

“He is a beautiful moving horse and there was lovely ground today. There is the G1 Racing Post Trophy and the Breeders’ Cup races to consider and all those races are open to him.

“He is by an American sire, Scat Daddy, so the Breeders’ Cup is a definite possibility. He has a lot of options and is an exciting horse.”

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