Patch Adams Primed for 2015 Sandown Guineas

November 10th, 2015

Patch Adams mustered a monumental turn of foot to finish a close second in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on Derby Day, and is reportedly in peak condition ahead of Saturday’s 2015 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

Patch Adams (outside, grey silks) is primed for a big performance in the 2015 Sandown Guineas. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Patch Adams (outside, grey silks) is primed for a big performance in the 2015 Sandown Guineas. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Patch Adams has only won one of his ten competitive starts since debut for trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan late last year, but has more than laid a great account for himself amongst talented company in black type races of late.

Running on for fourth in the key form-indication Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) on September 12th, Patch Adams repeated his effort for fourth behind the likes of Badawiya in the Australian Seed & Turf BM64 (1400m) a fortnight later before over-racing and fifth in the Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) on October 2nd.

Confident the horse is at his best on the Sandown track, O’Sullivan told RSN jockey Steven Arnold has been retained for the ride on the Dane Shadow colt in the 2015 Sandown Guineas and believes the horse is ready for a maiden black type success.

“He’s done very well since his run in the Carbine Club so we’re onwards and upwards on Saturday,” O’Sullivan said.

“Hopefully he’s improved a little bit. I gave him a little break after the Stutt Stakes because he over-raced.

“I think the night life got to him a bit there and revved him up so we gave him a few days in the paddock and came back with the Carbine Club and Sandown Guineas in mind.

“The earmuffs seem to help him relax a little bit. Stephen said he thought he’d got back a bit further than he wanted to … he really ran on pretty strong which was hard to do on Derby Day at Flemington.

“I think the track will really suit him. He’s (Arnold) done a good job with him, he’s helped educate the horse and everything.

“He’ll probably go for a spell afterwards but like I said at this stage, we’re pretty happy with him.”

Patch Adams failed to figure in the dying stages of the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) on debut last year, but quickly stamped his claims as one to follow upon resuming this year for fifth in a talent-rich Echuca race over 1200m, fourth in a Gawler sprint and success in the Become A Member Of HDRC Maiden (1100m) on August 2nd.

The 2015 Sandown Guineas final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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