It is the Irish Lincolnshire Handicap this weekend and we anticipate Joseph O’Brien’s Patrick Sarsfield to be much shorter in the market if he is present in the final declarations.
This 4-y-o son of Australia started life at Edward Lynam’s yard where he finished placed in two maiden events; both of which represent sound form.
On debut he finished third to Madhmoon who went on to win two group events and come second in the Epsom Derby. To add to this, second that day (Sydney Opera House) is now rated 110 and has also mixed it at the top.
Next time out he again bumped into Sydney Opera House where he finished 2l better off, with Aidan O’Brien’s stoutly-bred Norway behind in third. This performance outlines clear-improvement and he was subsequently snapped up for 290,000gns & sent to Joseph O’Brien, who entered him in a Cork maiden after 395 days off the track.
He failed to oblige that day finishing second at short-odds, but it is feasible to think there had been training problems and his next start was ultra-impressive.
Donnacha O’Brien was motionless as he cruised to victory over this course and distance and with a repeat of that performance it is hard to see him outside the frame. (5 places on offer).