Pacing bred three year old delivers Methven debut win....as a trotter.

One of the better bred types on debut at Methven today was Bettor's Delight three year old gelding Bryan Boru. A full brother to the former top mare Piccadilly Princess, he did not disappoint, with a winning debut. What is a surprise though is that his debut today was as a trotter, rather than what he is bred to do, pace!

Bryan Boru is the the 12th foal to race out of Hyde Park Royal, a mare that has done a fantastic job. Following his win today, he is the 8th individual winner out of that mare and gives the Patterson brothers the perfect seven out of seven since they took over breeding from the mare. They have previusly raced Piccadilly Princess, 17 wins $759,000, The Royal Garden seven wins $49,000 and more recently Kensington Bill, five wins $31,000.

Bryan Boru is raced by Patterson Brothers Racing, Mike Ward, Marc Wojtas - who was also in on The Royal Garden and first time owners Andrew Barry and Nick Taylor. All of owners work together at the Commodore Hotel, so it was appropriate that Bryan Boru was sporting the impressive Commodore colours today.

Bryan Boru was broken in by Mark Smolenski and did his early education with Mark. Despite the breeding, Mark relayed to the owners that the horse only wanted to trot and had a great trotting gait. Hence the reason for him racing today as a trotter, a gait that half brother Kensington Bill had a crack at also.

Since joining the Woodend Beach stable, Bryan Boru has made some great progress in a short time. He qualified at Rangiora three weeks ago, before a nice workout placing also at Rangiora a fortnight ago. 

A good beginning today saw Bryan Boru up on the early pace, before securing a beaut run in the one-one for driver John Dunn. With a number of early mistake makers, there were no real moves in the race meaning that Bryan Boru was well placed and travelling turning in. After charging to the lead at the 200m and putting three lengths on the chasers, he did well to hold on from a late closer in Queen Of Strathfield by an ever decreasing half head at the line.

Still only an early season three year old, Bryan Boru gives the impression that there will be plenty more fun ahead for his passionate group of owners. He is another that has done the dam Hyde Park Royal proud as the last foal out of that mare. Congratulations to all of the team and well done to Johnny again on a super drive.

Posted: Sun 11 Oct 2020

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