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The valuable Connacht National is the feature on Monday's card at the Lenabane circuit

Updated: Monday, 10 Jun 2013 17:51 | Comments

Noel Meade's Johannisberger looks a player in the Connacht National at Roscommon
Noel Meade's Johannisberger looks a player in the Connacht National at Roscommon

Thetote.com Connacht National Handicap Chase provides an intriguing highlight at Roscommon, with Johannisberger making the switch to handicap company after a good win at Down Royal.

Noel Meade's son of Arakan will have to prove staying trips is his game, though, unlike Punchestown winner Dont Back Down and former smart hurdler Jetson.

Possibly the most interesting race on the card is the Dermot Hughes Car Sales Chase, which sees Jessica Harrington's very useful hurdler Steps To Freedom make his chasing debut.

A Grade Two winner over timber, he has been campaigned in tough races on the Flat and has a testing introduction to chasing, with easy Punchestown winners Rathlin and Tribes And Banner both in search of hat-tricks.

Won In The Dark, Maller Tree and Cause Of Causes are three of the more interesting types in the Ladies Day At Roscommon On July 8th Beginners Chase.

The meeting gets under way at 5.50 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, which sees the Kevin Prendergast-trained Silver Lightening try to gain that elusive first win after three second-placed finishes from four starts.

Inkerman made a decent show on his debut and looks likely to go close here, though, while Dermot Weld unveils Jayed Jidan, a half-brother to Irish 1000 Guineas and Nassau Stakes winner Halfway To Heaven.

Weld brings Military Device back out to contest the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden, though his lengthy lay-off may mean Durand has the edge.

John Murphy's runner was a good second at Limerick on his debut and could build on that effort, while Tempo Mac is also heading the right way and is not to be underestimated.

Saratoga Baby and To Choose both hold strong claims in the Budweiser Handicap, while the Ballaghaderreen Handicap could be between Smoke Charger and Enter The Red.

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