Moore's 'Plot' for Roscommon success
Veteran jumps trainer Arthur Moore showed his versatility when enjoying a winner on the Flat at Roscommon where Whats The Plot took the spoils in the extended ten-furlong handicap.
Fran Berry did the steering on the 6/1 shot which fought out a terrific duel with No Way Jack and Niall McCullagh in the final furlong. Whats The Plot got the photo-finish verdict by a head and there's little doubt that the Aga Khan-bred winner will end up over hurdles at some stage.
The action got under way with an auction maiden over an extended ten furlongs which went the way of Azzuri for the team of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane. Installed 15/8 favourite, Keane's mount took up the running early in the straight and despite being headed by Dermot Weld's Manitobian, he battled back determinedly to post a length-and-a-quarter success.
Just over an hour later, the roles were reversed in the 12-furlong maiden as Weld and jockey Pat Smullen took the prize with 5/6 favourite Kaleefa.
The market leader was prominent all the way, but was headed by the Lyons-trained When In Doubt with a furlong and a half to go. Smullen, however, refused to panic and Kaleefa battled back to regain the lead and record a three-and-a-half-length success.
The last Flat race of the night was the mile and a half handicap and this was won in convincing style by the Tom Cleary-trained Dancingwithangels which seemed to relish the soft ground.
Held up off the early pace set by Stony Grey, Dancingwithangels gradually worked her way into the contest under Robbie Downey who challenged approaching the final furlong. Stony Grey battled on well but Downey's mount (8/1) shot powered away to a six-length success.
Claimer Luke Dempsey continues to impress and the Kildare youngster was seen at his forceful best when getting Kilford home in a thrilling finish to the two-mile, five-furlong handicap chase.
De Benno set out to make all the running and the grey had most of the field in trouble as Mikey Fogarty's mount turned into the straight. Kilford (7/1) threw down a determined challenge to De Benno over the second last and seized the initiative at the final obstacle before keeping on to hold the staying-on The Doorman.
The Willie Mullins-trained Contempt Of Court was all the rage in the bumper over two-and-a-half miles, but the 5/6 favourite failed to get competitive and could do no better than fourth.
Victory here went to Michael Hourigan's 9/1 shot Thats Nice which responded well to Finny Maguire's urgings to get the better of Indian Court by just over a length. There was also a minor surprise in the closing beginners' chase as the David Kelly-trained The Housekeeper (15/2) made all the running and stayed on stoutly to hold favourite Sambremont by two lengths.