Nothing is ever taken for granted in the racing environment, such is the fragility and nature of the beast

Striding out for the first ride of the year on “The Westener Boy” on New years day 2012, the long standing record of 72 winners in a calendar year held by Billy Parkinson and hailing back to 1915, was a record for unmitigated admiration, without once considering there was a chance to emulate

Halfway through the calendar year and registering 31 winners, the record was still a monumental feat to surmount, but June, July and August proved to be the catalyst of an exceedingly special year with 24 winners.

Standing on 55 winners, the thought of the record was now solidified as a possibility and not just a dream. But dreams are often shattered, and with several race meeting abandoned due to the most adverse weather in years, the next three months (Sept, Oct and November) only amalgamated eight hard fought winners to take the tally to 63. Every winner was vital, and having lost two races by a short head during the calendar year it would have made you hear the immortal words “what if”

December’s rides sprung into life quicker than the habitual snowdrops, and Patrick had the chance to equal the long standing record at Navan on the 16th, in the Irish Form Book ‘Future Champions’ Flat Race (Grade 2). Starting off as the second favourite on board Union Dues, Patrick settled in fourth and made his move in the final furlong, leaving the odds on favourite in his wake. The record had now been equalled, and the smiles in the winners enclosure compounded this most historic moment

Again the weather put paid to Patrick having the chance of breaking the record, as Downpatrick was abandoned due to flooding on the 20th of December. A nervy couple of days ensued, and the news that Navan on the 22nd failed an 8am inspection didn’t inspire confidence for the elusive winning ride

Despite the weather, Thurles on the 23rd went ahead but the conditions underfoot had deteriorated dramatically from the first race and Patrick’s only ride on Goldboy couldn’t cope with the going.

Day four (29th Dec) at Leopardstown festival arrived and Patrick was booked for three rides

Would ZUZKA deliver a late Christmas present and provide the magical 73rd winner to rewrite the history books? many people would have cast it aside as fictional, as how could a syndicate in it’s infancy continually provide such quality horses and enter into the annals of time

2.35pm and the white flag is raised. Bobbina went off at a rate of knots and stole a near 20L lead on the pack. Patrick sat quietly in a great rhythm and waited patiently for Bobbina to come back to the field. Two furlongs out Patrick made his move on Zuzka, they swung into the straight and soon had a 5L lead after jumping the last and galloped into the history books

# Month Horse Race
1 January The Westener Boy Nina Carberry On Twitter (Pro/Am) Flat Race
2 January Perfect Gentlemen McCarthy Insurance Group 60th Flat Race
3 January Mozoltov Holycross Flat Race
4 January Un Atout Go Racing In Kildare (Pro/Am) Flat Race
5 January Dr. Machini Follow Nina Carberry On Twitter Mares Flat Race
6 February Champagne Fever Nina Carberry – Meath Sportsperson Of The Year 2011 (Pro/Am) Flat Race
7 February Boxer Georg Clonmel Festival Week Maiden Hunters Chase
8 February Immediate Response Clonmel Festival Week Handicap Hurdle (80-95)
9 February The Bosses Cousin Corporate Hospitality At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle
10 February Scotsirish Glenfarclas P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase
11 February Immediate Response Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap Hurdle (80-102)
12 February Pique Sous Kieran O’Connell Injured Jockeys Fund (Pro/Am) Flat Race
13 March Primroseandblue Lisronagh Maiden Hurdle
14 March Champagne Fever Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race)
15 March Mozoltov Kevin Frost Memorial (Pro/Am) Flat Race
16 March Immediate Response Mothers Day Weekend Handicap Hurdle (80-116)
17 April Champagne Agent Corkracecourse.ie (Pro/Am) Flat Race
18 April Balnaslow Racing Post Champion Point-to-Point INH Flat Race (Geldings)
19 April Letherbelucky Knockhouse Stud Mares Flat Race
20 April Champagne Fever Betchronicle.com Champion I.N.H. Flat Race (Grade 1)
21 April Flash of Genius At The Races Flat Race
22 April Uncle Junior Avon Ri Corporate & Leisure Resort Chase For The La Touche Cup
23 May Zuzka Kanyu Tree Live 19th June (Pro/Am) Flat Race
24 May Local Celebrity Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Hurdle
25 May Well Read Man O’Reilly Recruitment (Pro/Am) Flat Race
26 May Mr. Groocock Clonmel Hospice Support Group Flat Race
27 May Dysart Dancer Down District Council Flat Race
28 May Shakervilz F.B.D. Insurance Hurdle
29 May Chiltern Hills Borro Mares Flat Race
30 May Zuzka Kanyu Tree Live 19th June (Pro/Am) Flat Race
31 May Glens Melody Cleveragh Flat Race
32 June Tasitiocht www.kilbegganraces.com Flat Race
33 June Glens Melody Schooling At Tipperary Flat Race
34 June Primroseandblue Wellingtonbridge Novice Hurdle
35 June Peking To Paris Joe Bollard Memorial Flat Race
36 July Blackstairmountain Meath Farm Machinery (Q.R.) Race
37 July Pique Sous McLoughlin Oil Flat Race
38 July Magic Vixen Greenmount Conference Centre Mares Flat Race (Div 1)
39 July Connaught Manor roscommonracecourse.ie Flat Race
40 July Digeanta Family Bank Holiday Racing Flat Race
41 July Tasitiocht August Bank Holiday Flat Race
42 July Drive Time Killarney Veterinary Clinic (Q.R.) Race
43 July Union Dues Christy Lucey Transport Ltd. Flat Race
44 July Pique Sous Jim Ryan Racecourse Services Flat Race
45 July Oscars Joy Greenmount Summer Fun Flat Race
46 July Cul Baire pillohotelgalway.com Flat Race
47 August Fatcatinthehat Bet 10, Get 10 At The Tote Marquee (Q.R.) Maiden
48 August Annie Power Ladbrokes ‘Like Our Facebook Page’ Flat Race
49 August Who’s Cross Student Day At Sligo 3rd October Flat Race
50 August Great Jones Exchange Bar Flat Race
51 August Dani Catalonia Tramore Amusement Park Mares Flat Race
52 August Blackstairmountain Hilltown (Q.R.) Race
53 August Annie Power Enniscorthy Mares Flat Race
54 August Primroseandblue Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Novice Hurdle
55 August Reine Angevine Pat O’Sullivan Catering Equipment Flat Race
56 September Six Silver Lane thetote.com New Website (Q.R.) Handicap (50-80)
57 September Annie Power Devon Inn Hotel (Pro/Am) Flat Race
58 September Tasitiocht Racing Again Wednesday 10th October Mares Maiden Hurdle
59 October King Of Firth T.V.O’Brien Memorial (Pro/Am) Flat Race
60 November Uncle Junior Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
61 November Clondaw Court Racing At Punchestown Tomorrow (Pro/Am) Flat Race
62 November Suntiep limerickraces.ie Flat Race
63 November Annie Power Thurles Mares Maiden Hurdle
64 December Outlander O’Doherty’s Audio & Video Production Ltd. (Pro/Am) Flat Race
65 December Tasitiocht Saltees Island Mares Novice Hurdle
66 December Glens Melody Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Mares Maiden Hurdle
67 December Ballycasey Next Meeting Thursday February 7th (Q.R.) (C & G) Maiden Hurdle
68 December Sizing Tennessee 3 For 2 Festival Ticket Offer On Punchestown.com (Pro/Am) Flat Race
69 December Pride Of The Parish 2013 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle
70 December Mozoltov Students Day At Gowran Park 2013 – Tuesday April 9th Maiden Hurdle
71 December City Slicker Merry Christmas From Fairyhouse (Pro/Am) Flat Race
72 December Union Dues Irish Form Book ‘Future Champions’ Flat Race (Grade 2)
73 December Zuzka I T B A Fillies Scheme E B F Mares Hurdle (Grade 3)
74 December Outlander Thornton’s Recycling Flat Race
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