Dundalk

  • 19:30 Avenue Inn, Dundalk Patton Stakes 7f

  • Winner €26,550 2nd €8,550 3rd €4,051 4th €1,799
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 24.76s
  • Off time: 19:31:13
19:30 Dundalk Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st War Secretary (USA) 5/2
2nd Noivado (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 6710- Black, pink cross sashes, pink armlet, pink cap, black star Hit The Bid 215
3 9-6 D Bunyan L F Roche 100 14/115.00
2 (2) 123149- Dark Blue Intelligence Cross (USA) 159
3 9-6 t A P O'Brien D O'Brien 110 3/14.00
3 (6) 11- Royal blue, dark blue seams, royal blue sleeves & cap Ambassadorial (USA) 187
Course and Distance Winner
3 9-3 M Halford S Foley 106 6/42.50
4 (5) 17- Royal blue, dark blue seams, royal blue sleeves, white cap Holistic Approach (IRE) 171
Beaten Favourite
3 9-3 J S Bolger K J Manning 93 12/113.00
5 (3) 451215- WHITE, large royal blue spots & sleeves, striped cap Noivado (IRE) 178
Beaten Favourite
3 9-3 G M Lyons C T Keane 93 8/19.00
6 (4) 71- PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap War Secretary (USA) 168
Course and Distance Winner
3 9-3 t A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 94 5/23.50

Verdict

Aidan O'Brien is double-handed with INTELLIGENCE CROSS and War Secretary. The former looks the one to be with as he followed an impressive Group 3 victory at the Curragh with decent efforts at the highest level at Newmarket and Santa Anita and should have the measure of his lightly-raced stable companion, who had a very easy maiden success here in October. Ambassadorial is a different proposition as he beat the moderate Thomas O'Malley on his debut here in September then looked a very smart prospect on a return visit a month later when landing a Listed contest. Like the selection he's in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Curragh so is obviously well regarded. Holistic Approach won a Curragh maiden on his debut and his subsequent defeat in a Group 3 at Leopardstown should be ignored as he was coughing post-race. Hit The Bid landed a Curragh Group 3 before well beaten in the Flying Childers while Noivado will need to step-up on what he's shown so far.