Wednesday 21 February 2018

Patrol adds to Royals' joy

Meath folk had plenty of reason to be happy on Saturday night. First came the All-Ireland qualifier success for their footballers and then at Shelbourne Park, Navan dog Royal Patrol produced a big finish to land the prestigious ECC Timber Open 550.

Royal Patrol was a welcome big winner for his owner/breeder/trainer Ollie Bray and he could well make a bold attempt to provide Bray with a second Irish Derby success next month.

Razldazl Rioga displayed his traditional early pace to take the lead and he was all of three lengths to the good at halfway.

However, Royal Patrol then began to motor and the wide runner closed the gap all the way until nosing ahead in the final strides for a neck margin in 29.86.

On a night of significant performances, the Mossie O'Connor-trained Deerfield Music claimed the Derby Trial Stake as he just held the challenge of Pablo Supreme by a short head in 29.95.

Conor Fahy rowed in with a four-timer with Tyrur Henry fastest as he clocked a brilliant 28.43 to seal his place in the forthcoming Derby.

Meanwhile, entries for the Bar One Racing Sprint Cup close this morning and the draw will be made at lunchtime for the 400-yards classic. The first round will be run at Dundalk between Friday and Saturday nights but prior to that the Louth track will host the spectacular Boylesports International tomorrow night.

Irish Independent

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