Sport Horse Racing

Monday 23 July 2018

Roscommon patrons wait on the weather

"Kevin Prendergast has been on a relatively lean run - just five winners this season - but Himmah can score for the Curragh handler in the opener." Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Roscommon's meeting this evening hinges on rainfall, with well-founded doubts about it going ahead. As of yesterday, between 30 and 50 millimetres of rain was expected prior to racing.

With the ground already soft, it would not take much more of a downpour for an abandonment to be called. The feature of a pretty low-key card is the Peggy Guerin Memorial Handicap, in which Panstarr may make it three wins from four. The major positives are her previous course win and that she won easily on soft ground at Gowran last week for Jim Bolger.

Kevin Prendergast has been on a relatively lean run - just five winners this season - but Himmah can score for the Curragh handler in the opener.

After Spiorad Saoirse scored at Galway, Andy Slattery admitted he ran to appease the owners as much as anything else, but he handled the ground well then and could be too strong for the maidens in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race.

The Murray Ambulance Maiden can go to the Michael Halford-trained Invincible Ryker, not seen since the opening day of the season, but he finished a close third on his debut last year on soft to heavy at Naas.

Greenpanda should relish conditions and, drawn one, is ready to attack in the Eurona BriskNet Handicap for Gavin Cromwell, while Eddie Lynam can bang in another winner with Giorni Felice in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon Maiden.

Dermot Weld's top weight Ace Of Diamonds seems solid in the Pyramid Bookmakers Handicap, though very soft ground is a worry.

Rory Cleary is bidding for a third successive win in the nightcap, a race in memory of his late brother Sean, but needs Traidisiun to get in as a reserve, which she might just do. Preference is for Tony Martin's Dara Tango.

Irish Independent

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