War Secretary states Guineas case under strong Heffernan ride
A fine front-running ride from Seamie Heffernan got the job done in the feature Dundalk Patton Stakes last night as the twice-raced War Secretary landed a strong-looking Listed contest and made his entries in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Investec Derby look less fanciful.
Heffernan didn't have the easiest time in the straight as his mount had a tendency to hang and caused a bit of a concertina effect to the horses on his outside as they were pushed to the centre of the track. In the end, he prevailed by a neck from Noivado with a couple of lengths back to favourite Ambassadorial, who might have suffered most in a race rougher than a six-runner contest should be.
"He had been working nicely and we hoped he would win but like all of them we hope he can improve plenty. He's a likeable sort," said Heffernan.
Red Sabor could well be the sort of horse that Andy Slattery has prospered with over the last couple of years, and he produced a battling performance from the front to land the 5f handicap for three-year-olds under Declan McDonogh.
Having been the first horse off the bridle before the straight, he was going away if anything at the finish in beating Yulong Xiongyin by half a length.
"I fancied him. He was 14-1 last night and I told plenty of lads to have a few quid on him," said Slattery.
"All of mine are needing a run and he didn't stay at Naas last time. He was really tough tonight and ground is not an issue with him. He might go to the Curragh next month for a premier handicap."