Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Briens on the double at Roscommon

Jockey Donnacha O'Brien. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jockey Donnacha O'Brien. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Donnacha O'Brien recorded a timely double with the help of his trainer brother Joseph at Roscommon last night.

First up for the O'Briens was the success of Sebastiano Ricci which got off the mark on his sixth career start in the opening juvenile maiden over an extended seven furlongs.

The big disappointment in this contest was the Jim Bolger newcomer Dubai Is Great which was backed from an opening 4/6 into 1/3.

Settled in rear by Kevin Manning, the market leader was pushed along from early in the straight, and was a spent force with over a furlong to run.

Sebastiano Ricci (3/1) took full advantage to power home by almost four lengths from Clueless Hill. The pair then doubled up as Detailed justified her position as the 7/4 market lead in the fillies handicap.

Having got off the mark at Ballinrobe in July, the daughter of Motivator then went down by half a length to Athenry Boy at the Galway Festival before running out an easy winner at the Curragh.

The market leader made steady progress turning into the straight and O'Brien made his move on the outer just over a furlong from home - hitting the front and galloping on strongly to score by a length and three-quarters from Secret Existence.

After a disappointing effort from the well-fancied Dubai Is Great in the opener, Bolger and Manning bounced back in the Tulsk Handicap as Stenographer led the field home.

Successful on debut at the Curragh in March of last year, the four-year-old was a respectable ninth of 27 in the Cambridgeshire on his most recent outing and was sent off a well-backed 4/1 chance.

Held up in mid-division by Manning, he was driven into second two furlongs out before getting to the front entering the final furlong and keeping on well from there to score by half a length.

In the closing bumper, Noel Meade debutant Kirwans Lane rewarded strong market support, which saw him go off as the 6/5 favourite in the hands of Danny Benson.

The son of Excellent Art came with his challenge after the turn for home and was pushed out to get the better of Some Day Soon (2/1) by two and a half lengths.

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