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Monday's card at Roscommon, which survived an inspection, gets under way at 6pm

Updated: Sunday, 19 May 2013 15:28 | Comments

Orgilgo Bay (right) flopped on his comeback at Gowran but drops in trip at Rosommon
Orgilgo Bay (right) flopped on his comeback at Gowran but drops in trip at Rosommon

Roscommon survived Sunday's early inspection and a seven-race Monday fixture begins with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction (C & G) Maiden at 6.00.

Protestant made an encouraging start to his career when third to vanquished Dante favourite Indian Chief at Leopardstown, immediately behind a subsequent winner, and Jessie Harrington's colt can only improve from that.

He will need to progress, though, because in opposition is Orgilgo Bay, who flopped on his Gowran Park comeback, but drops slightly in distance and filled the runner-up berth behind Battle Of Marengo in the Beresford last year.

Nouveau Moulin paid her way in bumpers and finished second to a Ballydoyle inmate when switching codes at Killarney, and that just about sets the standard in the Irish Stallion EBF Fillies Maiden.

Benbecula was a disappointing favourite at the Curragh at the start of the month and has ground to make up on runner-up The Fox Tully in the Connolly's Red Mills Horse Care Cubes Handicap.

The Roscommon Handicap has attracted just the five runners, but all can be given a legitimate chance, with Connacht Council's recent Navan second perhaps setting the benchmark.

The Connaughton Auctioneers Beginners Chase is the pick of the jumping action and Punchestown Festival winner Il Fenomeno has another go at the bigger obstacles.

Noel Meade's seven-year-old was only fourth in a Grade Three on his only previous foray into this sphere and his mettle is set to be well and truly tested again because Owega Star and Fahamore are smart hurdlers themselves, although this two miles is sharp enough for both.

Rockaaboya attempts to make it two victories from as many starts over fences in the Frank Hannon Memorial Handicap Chase, while Oliver Brady's King Shabra will find the Kepak INH Flat Race easier than the Curragh event he contested last time.

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