Wednesday 17 July 2019

Weld and Hayes worth following at Roscommon

Dermot Weld. Photo: Sportsfile
Dermot Weld. Photo: Sportsfile

The €60,000 Lenebane Stakes is Roscommon's biggest Flat race of the year but unfortunately attracted just five runners this evening.

On official ratings it would seem a straightforward puzzle to unravel as Masaff (8.30, Roscommon) is not only the highest-rated runner in the field but is in receipt of weight from three rivals as well.

Indeed, it may come down to a battle of the three-year-olds with Kangaroo Valley giving the selection most to do but Masaff wins this if he can find anything like his juvenile form from last season when going close to Madhmoon.

Dermot Weld enjoyed notable success at Sandown on Saturday and this can continue the good run of form for the Rosewell House yard and give Chris Hayes a second consecutive win in the race for the Aga Khan having scored on three-year-old Kalaxana last year for Mick Halford.

Weld and Hayes may earlier notch up a winner with Acapella Blu (7.30, Roscommon) given a tentative nod that her experience will see off that of Timemakesitfine, which has also improved for each of her two runs.

The Roscommon Herald Handicap over an extended 10 furlongs has also only attracted a small field for nice prize money but it looks a good bit of placing by Ger Lyons with Heliac (8.00, Roscommon).

Heliac made all the running to win a Cork maiden on her first start of the current campaign and then had to miss an intended engagement at this track last month when the ground changed.

Connections described her as being green at Cork and more can be expected from her with that run under her belt and Heliac would look one of the better bets on this card.

Noel Meade has been enjoying a good spell lately across both codes and Jerandme (9.00, Roscommon) can land the concluding maiden for the trainer.

A maiden hurdle winner at this track, Jerandme has since been second in a similar Flat maiden to this at Leopardstown and then in a novice hurdle at Kilbeggan.

The five-year-old could possibly make it a very good evening for Heliac's jockey, Colin Keane.

Meanwhile, Joseph O'Brien's Fancy Footings brought up a double for the Piltown trainer and his brother Donnacha in yesterday's Stagefright Play Live On 13th July Handicap at Limerick.

Earlier on the mark with Syrena in Follow Limerick Racecourse On Facebook Handicap, the brace was completed for the O'Briens as 3/1 favourite Fancy Footings won his first race at the sixth attempt.

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