Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dearest Girl has bookies feeling pinch

The bookies at Roscommon were left reeling last night after the first division of the Red Mills Handicap as Dearest Girl landed a big gamble.

Charles O'Brien's charge was hammered from 8/1 into 7/2 favourite, and was produced to lead a furlong out by Fran Berry to record a length-and-a-half victory over Melodie D'Amour.

Joseph O'Brien got a nice split up the rail to score aboard Matthieu Palussiere's Leah Claire in the second division of the Red Mills Handicap. Leah Claire worked her way to the front inside the final 100 yards and kept on well to score by half a length from Miranda's Girl.

Another gamble was landed when Secretsubstitute took the colts' maiden for Tommy Stack. The son of High Chaparral opened up 10/1 on course but the money started to flood in and he was eventually sent off 10/3.

Wayne Lordan produced him to lead under two furlongs out and he galloped on strongly in the closing stages to post a length-and-a-half success over Sportsmaster.

Tracey Collins was relieved after getting off the mark for the season when debutant Ravissante took the opening fillies' maiden.

The daughter of Galileo was produced to lead early in the straight by Pat Shanahan and the 16/1 outsider had two lengths to spare over Adatara.

Irish Independent

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