Clondaw Warrior supporters suffer major reverse at Roscommon
Punters who don’t mind backing odds-on favourites got their fingers badly burned at Roscommon where Grandma Dotty turned over the highly-fancied Clondaw Warrior in the Sean Cleary Memorial Handicap.
After winning a Tramore handicap by eight lengths on Saturday, Clondaw Warrior was installed 2-9 favourite to follow up and all appeared to be going to plan when Pat Smullen sent his mount into the lead two furlongs out.
However, Grandma Dotty responded generously to the urgings of Fran Berry and Charlie Swan’s 14-1 outsider proved the stronger inside the final furlong, scoring by half a length.
Willie McCreery took the training honours with a double, triggered by the success of Kanes Pass (16-1) which was produced with a strong late run by Leigh Roche to edge out Have A Nice Day by half a length in the Follow Roscommon On Facebook Handicap.
McCreery went on to complete a 203/1 brace by sending out Love The Feeling to make a winning jumps debut in the juvenile hurdle. Mark Walsh was in the plate as the 11/1 shot beat Cabarete by four and a half lengths.
Ger Lyons and Colin Keane combined to take the opening auction race when Belle Et Bete justified her position as 4-7 market leader by getting the better of Spiritual Man by just over a length.
A terrific duel between Sabrina Harty’s Empress Toorah (11/2) and Willowing ended with the former landing the fillies handicap over ten furlongs by a nose thanks to the persistence of an inspired Smullen.
The mares handicap hurdle went the way of Eddie O’Grady’s 9-2 favourite Hell Cat Maggie in the hands Barry Geraghty while Davy Condon guided Gordon Elliott’s Clara Mc Cloud to a comfortable victory over Waaheb in the Athleague Hurdle.