Saturday 17 March 2018

The Prince leaves 'em All behind

PRINCE Of All bridged the gap to Listed company with a decisive triumph in the Patton Stakes at Dundalk last week.

Paul Deegan's Irish 2,000 Guineas entry got off the mark on his seasonal debut over a mile at this venue, and dropped back a furlong in distance.

Chris Hayes set out to make use of his stamina by making all on the 15/8 favourite and he had his rivals on the stretch halfway down the straight, where he stayed on well to inflict a two-and-a-quarter-length defeat on Magnolia Beach.

The John Oxx-trained Stars So Bright made an impressive beginning to her career in the Champions Restaurant At Dundalk Stadium Fillies Maiden.

Carrying the same colours as her sire, Oxx's brilliant Sea The Stars, the 7-1 chance was allowed an uncontested lead and scored by two and a quarter lengths, with the odds-on Carla Bianca a disappointing third.

Lahinch Classics was a very promising third to 1000 Guineas fancy My Titania on her sole appearance last season, and reappeared to lead home a David Wachman one-two by seeing off Photo Call in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Cappella Sansevero was sent off the 4-7 favourite for his first taste of competitive action in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden and duly obliged by five and a half lengths.

The addition of cheekpieces has been the making of Fine Cut (100-30 favourite), who defied a 16lb rise for last month's C & D success by making most of the running before repelling Aru Cha Cha by half a length in the Hen & Stag Packages At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.

British import Princess Tamay (10-1) wasn't sighted on her Irish debut at Navan on Saturday but the decision to turn her out again quickly paid off in the Dundalk Stadium Racecourse Of The Year Handicap, while 5-1 joint-favourite Patrolman just prevailed in the Mid-Term Madness At Dundalk Stadium Handicap.

The Argus