Joseph O'Brien Looking At International Route For Patrick Sarsfield

Joseph O'Brien

Leading Irish trainer Patrick Sarsfield is being targeted at Group One races on the International circuit after the four year old has shown a highly progressive attitude on all three of his starts this season.

The son of Derby winner Australia made it four wins in a row when being stepped up to Group company for the first time on Saturday at Leopardstown.

Having broke his maiden tag in a 14 runner maiden at the Curragh in October he was put into handicaps and looked like a black type horse in the wrong race and bolted up on two occasions.

He deserved the step up into Group Three company and again showed an improving nature to stride away from a decent field of runners in the Meld Stakes.

After that performance at the weekend he has gone up to a handicap mark of 114 and now O'Brien is set to take him to the next level with plenty of options for races all over the world.

O'Brien said: "Patrick Sarsfield was very good on Saturday and we might be forced to look for a Group 1 for him sooner rather than later. I'll try to find the most suitable one for him to go to and we might travel outside of Ireland with him.

"I always thought he was a nice horse and would end up running in Group races, but you never expect a horse to go through the grades so quickly. He has a lot of options now and we might travel with him."