Patuano Looks One To Follow

Fri 19th May 2017, 19:18

A lovely shot of Patuano and Billy Lee We're going to be hearing plenty about Patuano (10/1) if she repeats or indeed builds on the performance she put up when winning the Mallow Town Summer BBQ Evening July 14th Handicap at Cork.

The hope that the Choisir filly might have even more in the locker comes from the fact that she's only a three-year-old and this was her handicap debut on outing number four.

When Billy Lee gave her a few taps to put the race to bed inside the last, Willie McCreery's charge found an impressive change of gear to beat Ice Cold Alex by a length and a half.

The well-backed favourite Brave Display finished a further half a length back in third.

McCreery said: "She had a few races on the all-weather and just didn't enjoy racing after that so I gave her a good break to come back for the slightest bit of cut. I thought the ground would be a bit quick today but she stuck at it well and did a good time (58.53 seconds).

"She travelled well the whole way and I thought she might get a bit tired but she loved it."

(TW & EM)

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