Domination continues Byrnes' rich vein of form
THE Charles Byrnes' yard has hit a rich vein of form and the Limerick trainer was among the winners again last night when Domination justified favouritism in the Boylesports Hurdle at Roscommon.
Having sent out Campbonnais to land the Connacht National on Sunday, Byrnes teamed up with Davy Russell on this occasion as Domination was strongly supported into 11/8 favourite.
Jessica Harrington's Fuschia Belle cut out most of the running, but when Domination moved upsides at the second last, the writing looked on the wall.
Fuchsia Belle wouldn't give up, though, and Russell had to conjure up a strong finish to win.
"Domination is obviously improving and that was a step forward for him," noted Byrnes. "He is tough and genuine and stays well -- two and a half miles is obviously his trip. He could go back to the Flat now. He is rated 77 and will have plenty of entries at Galway."
Another favourite struck in the Gerry Igoe Drainage Handicap Hurdle as the Tony Martin-trained Redera readily defied a mandatory 6lbs penalty to complete a hat-trick under Ruby Walsh.
"Redera was due to go up 13lbs for winning at Wexford last Friday so we decided to run here under the fixed penalty," explained the in-form Meath handler.
Francis Flood's Take A Shot stayed on best in the two-and-half-mile handicap hurdle as the 8/1 chance battled well to beat Onzo Mor by half a length under Mark Walsh.
Earlier, Great Huzzar -- part owned by Boyzone's lead singer Ronan Keating -- took the seven-furlong maiden for colts and geldings after Tommy Stack's charge got the better of Tashqeel inside the final furlong under Wayne Lordan.
Orpens Peach recorded a narrow head win from favourite Ashton Rose in the Ladies Day At Roscommon On July 4th Handicap, winning for trainer Seamus Fahey and in-form jockey Shane Foley.
The Jim Bolger-trained Vastitas gained an overdue success in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden under Kevin Manning. The daughter of Green Desert made no mistake this time for a comfortable win over Betrothed.