Monday 11 December 2017

Moore second best behind Lyons' colt

Marvellous, with Ryan Moore up
Marvellous, with Ryan Moore up

RYAN Moore's flying visit to Dundalk didn't prove a winning one as his mount War Envoy had to make do with the runner-up spot as Convergence landed the Listed Patton Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's son Joseph was expected to return to the Flat game at the County Louth venue, having missed the opening day of the season at the Curragh after being described as "a little heavy" by his father.

However, Moore - who is set to be used by the trainer more this year than in previous seasons - was again called upon to partner the only Ballydoyle runner of the evening.

War Envoy went off 11/8 favourite for this first appearance since finishing down the field at the Breeders' Cup and was given plenty of time to find his feet in the seven-furlong contest. Half-way down the straight, Moore's mount threw down a challenge to Convergence, but the Ger Lyons-trained colt refused to buckle and passed the post a length to the good under Colin Keane.

"It's a good start to the year for the little horse," said Lyons of the 8/1 winner. "He was the only horse I had ready for the race and it would be a shame not to have a runner.

"He's still in the Irish Guineas but that's a huge jump from here to there.We have the Jersey Stakes (at Royal Ascot) and races like that, there are plenty of options."

Irish Independent

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