Father Patrick preaches a compelling first sermon

Observer writer

Friday, January 18, 2019

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IN a run which suggested that he is one to follow in the future, three-year-old chestnut colt Father Patrick easily putting away rivals on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Caymanas Park.

Father Patrick ( Nuclear Wayne Late Appeal), a half-brother to the speedy Crucial Appeal, showed his potential when beating his opponents by five lengths going 5 furlongs in a smart time 1:06.2, leading front start to finish in the native-bred three-year-old event.

With a glimpse of his half-brother's natural speed, Father Patrick (Omar Walker) broke well and immediately surrounded horses to take up the lead with a just a of couple strides after leaving the starting gates. Roy Rogers (Robert Halledeen) and Outrageous (Reyan Lewis) tracked the leader.

Father Patrick increased his lead when upping the tempo running the half-mile (800m) turn and by that time the race was already in the bag.

Coming into the lane with no real challengers, Walker didn't ease up on his charge but instead continued to ride Father Patrick until the wire intervened.

Extruder (Hakeem Pottinger), Roy Rogers and One Soo True (Samantha Fletcher) followed the winner to the finish in that order.

Trainer Ian Parsard was upbeat about the victory from his charge.

“It was a really good performance. He ( Father Patrick) was professional today (Saturday), I mean he was in the starting gates for a little while, he was quiet enough, he broke really well and then Omar (Walker) did what he needed to do on him and he came home well.

“He came back in the last half-furlong and that was to be expected because he was not extensively prepared for this but based on the racing schedule, we needed to get him in a maiden race. There are no complaints,” Parsard offered.

When asked about a possible look at the upcoming Classic races, Parsard said: “Hopefully he ( Father Patrick) will able to get the Classic distances. Honestly, I do not expect him to get much over a mile and so if we are lucky his main aim will be the 2000 Guineas. He is a very good horse, no two ways about it. If you check my record, I hardly have a horse that comes out for the first time and wins, so when one wins in this manner in a good time of 1:06.2, there is no complaint at all.”

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