HAVING matched his ‘namesake’ as a Group One winner, Patrickthepiranha will be given the opportunity to capture another in coming months.
Triumphant in last night’s Westbred Classic at Gloucester Park, Patrickthepiranha has been earmarked for an interstate trip by trainer Colin Brown.
Brown has set his sights on the Australasian Breeders’ Crown in Victoria in August with the Australian Pacing Gold purchase.
“They’re no longer running heats here so it makes it more expensive to be part of the series, but the boys like a good trip,” Brown said.
“We might find he is not up to that grade when we get across, but we may also find he is as good as his form and work suggests.
“As long as he comes through this run fine we will head over.”
Driven by Dylan Egerton-Green during his latest victory, Patrickthepiranha was caught in the ‘death seat’ early from barrier three before being sent to the front as Major Artist was eased to take a trail.
Striding clear around the home turn, the three-year-old was untouched to score by nine metres from Gee Jay Kay, with Know When To Run three metres away third.
“I’ve been happy with his last few runs even though he hasn’t been winning and felt he would be hard to beat,” Brown said. “Once he got to the front they were always going to have trouble running him down.”
Rating 1:55.4 over 2130 metres, Patrickthepiranha stretched his record to 10 wins and two thirds from 18 starts for earnings of $172,573.
By Four Starzzz Shark, Patrickthepiranha was named in jest after former champion pacer Lennytheshark – which is also a son of Four Starzzz Shark.
“The boys were at the stable one morning talking about Lennytheshark,” Brown explained. “Lenny had just run an enormous race the night before and they were crowing about him.
“This bloke’s stable name at the breeder’s place was Patrick and as a throwaway line I said ‘don’t worry about Lennytheshark we’ve got Patrickthepiranha’.
“The boys loved it and went with it. So I guess in some way he is named after Lenny!”
Patrickthepiranha’s success was also the opening leg of a Group One double for Brown, who trained and drove Typhoon Tiff to secure the fillies’ division.
Also working to the lead during the middle stages, Typhoon Tiff accounted for Mandy Joan and Delightfulreaction in 1:56.8.
“She is a pretty nice filly and did it well again,” Brown said. “Depending on how she pulls up I am looking at the Daintys Daughter Classic with her.”