Sunday 4 December 2016

Winner alright for Rossie football stars

Johnny Ward

Published 17/11/2016 | 02:30

Part owner: Cathal McHugh. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Part owner: Cathal McHugh. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

It was an anti-climatic year for Roscommon footballers but three panellists had reason to celebrate when Smadynium won at Fairyhouse yesterday, WRITES JOHNNY WARD.

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The Chancers Syndicate is headed by St Brigid's clubman Cathal McHugh. It bought Smadynium recently for less money that it recouped for winning the ladies' handicap chase yesterday.

"Niall Daly and David Murray are also involved," said McHugh "as well as Peter Domican, who captained Roscommon to the Connacht title in 2010. We're all either Brigid's or Pádraig Pearses lads," he added, before rushing off for training ahead of the Connacht SFC decider against Corofin.

Asthuria, running in Hurricane Fly's colours in the mares' maiden hurdle, saw her odds cut for Cheltenham's OLBG Mares' Hurdle and the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle after a six-length success over She's Otto.

There were 27 lengths more back to third, and she is a general 8/1 for the Mares' Novice. Willie Mullins said: "She was good and I loved the way she jumped, such that dropping back to two miles won't be a problem."

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