|Ard Patrick is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Morganette by St. Florian. He was born around 1899 in Great Britain, and was bred by John Gubbins.|
Epsom Derby (1902)|
Prince of Wales's Stakes (1902)
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1903)
Eclipse Stakes (1903)
|Leading sire in Germany (1911, 1913, 1914)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on January 3, 2008|
He was by St Florian, his dam Morganette was by Springfield. St Florian was a well bred horse by St Simon, but an ordinary racehorse and sire. Morganette was a roarer and did not advance beyond selling plates in her racing career. Ard Patrick was a half-brother to Galtee More who won the Triple Crown in 1897, and also to Blairfinde a winner of the Irish Derby.
The Eclipse Stakes was one of the notable battles of the early 20th century when Ard Patrick and the filly, Sceptre, faced the year's Epsom Derby winner, Rock Sand. Rock Sand could not stay with his seniors and Ard Patrick wore down Sceptre near the line to win by a neck. This was the second time in three attempts that he had beaten the outstanding filly. Ard Patrick had finished third to Sceptre in the 2,000 Guineas, but reversed that in the 1902 Derby, with the filly - who started favourite - only fourth. After the Derby, he was awarded the Prince of Wales's Stakes on an objection. Ard Patrick missed the St. Leger because of leg trouble and broke down so badly after the Eclipse Stakes that he could not race again.
- The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing - written by Bill Mooney and George Ennor