Rousing victory by Father PatrickTuesday, June 15, 2021
BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Father Patrick continues to honour his trainer's trust and confidence in his ability to perform at the highest level with another sparkling winning effort, this time in the Lady Geeta Trophy feature at Caymanas Park on Monday, June 7.
The Nuclear Wayne five-year-old bay gelding, trained by Ian Parasard, sent off as the 7/5 odds on favourite in a competitive group of three-year-old and upwards Open Allowance/Graded Stakes runners, under the leading two-kilogramme claiming apprentice, Oshane Nugent, won the 1200 metres call by 2 3/4 lengths.
The 9/5 second-favourite imported colt Eroy, ridden by the leading rider Anthony Thomas, finished second with another Parsard inmate Double Crown (Omar Walker) third. The winning time was 1:13.0 seconds with splits of 22.4, 45.4 seconds.
Father Patrick, running in the grade for the fifth time of the season, made his intentions clear from the off by pushing for the lead, and from then, the field was competing only for the minor shares of the $1.5-million total purse in offer.
Late in the event in deep stretch, Eroy, with the lightweight of 50.5 kilogrammes, renewed his challenge, but Father Patrick had already flown the coop and was on his way to victory.
The result gave Father Patrick his 8th career victory from 21 starts in his racing career to date.
“The manner in which it was done, it was an astonishing win,” said trainer Parsard following the victory.
“He is a horse that is plagued with issues and we have to do a lot of caregiving at the stables and by the vet to get him to come and run. Dr Aston Marsh has been doing a decent job with him. Father Patrick broke very well today, which was not surprising, but today, he was particularly fast leaving the gates to get the lead. When he did, I saw him opening a gap and from then, it was just left to be seen, how far he would win.
“Then, to add to his quicksilver opening, he kicked on nicely at the top of the straight to head home for a very easy and comfortable victory. When you have a horse that has done surgery, as a three-year-old and now at five, has managed to come back and win a race of this particular nature, it leaves you with a certain degree of fulfilment.
“The field of horses in the race might not have been the best around in the grade, but the fact it was an important event to win, I am very pleased for the stables' assistance effort to enable his success. The most important consideration was for him to be kept sound, and the final result is a most rewarding token,” Parsard said.
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