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Review: Tuesday's card at Roscommon

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 21:15 | Comments

Davy Condon was in the plate aboard Benemeade
Davy Condon was in the plate aboard Benemeade

Benemeade pulled out the stops under Davy Condon to land his second consecutive victory in the Easyfix Rubber Products Novice Hurdle at Roscommon.

Sent off the 11-10 favourite, Noel Meade's five-year-old, a winner at Wexford last time, was settled towards the rear but never seemed to be travelling particularly well.

He made relentless progress coming down the straight to join issue with Ourbeautifuldream at the final flight, where a slick jump helped him on his way to victory by half a length.

Landero was well-backed down to 5-1 favourite for the feature Leo Dolan Memorial Handicap Hurdle and punters who supported the Andrew Heffernan-trained six-year-old never had a moment's worry.

Robbie Power was sitting motionless entering the closing stages with the opposition rowing hard, and he eased clear just as he liked to pass the post with seven and a half lengths to spare.

Michael Hourigan's four-year-old Dawerann (9-4 joint-favourite) wasn't winning out of turn when taking the Athleague Maiden Hurdle as he had finished second on his previous two outings.

Barry Geraghty always semed to have something up his sleeve as he engaged in a three-way fight with Tangolan and New River, and the gelding forged clear to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

The Barry Murphy-trained All Or Now (25-1), who won a couple of point-to-points earlier this year, boxed on from the last to collar Kathleen Frances for a neck victory in the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Brian Cawley.

Rodger Sweeney's 9-4 joint-favourite Raydari, fresh off a good run on the level at Down Royal, had no trouble disposing of the opposition in the first division of the Pyramid Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle, needing only to be nudged out by Andrew Lynch to score by two and a quarter lengths.

Long-time leader Ballyspellan Lad fell two out in the second division, allowing Stephen Ryan's Sweetheart Susan (9-1) to pick up the prize under Robbie Moran.

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