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Roscommon preview

Updated: Monday, 02 Sep 2013 10:17 | Comments

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien team up with Lungarno Palace in the Roscommon opener
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien team up with Lungarno Palace in the Roscommon opener

The opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (4.45) offers the richest prize on a seven-race mixed card at Roscommon and Aidan O'Brien's Lungarno Palace is bound to be a warm order.

The Ballydoyle juggernaut has rumbled on relentlessly throughout 2013 and while Lungarno Palace was beaten first time out at Tipperary, there were plenty of positives to be gleaned from the performance.

The Henrythenavigator colt finished with real gusto, finding only his more experienced stable companion Orchestra too good, and looks likely to keep Dermot Weld's Wateed waiting a little longer for that elusive first success.

Weld could be excused for being more confident than hopeful when Wandering Star debuts on the Flat in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The daughter of Verglas made a striking introduction under Jane Mangan in a bumper at Wexford in May, beating subsequent scorer Katie T, and she has the potential to improve past David Wachman's 85-rated Murphy's Delight.

The Wachman-trained Attire bids to bounce back from a lifeless Gowran run in the Bet Online At thetote.com Handicap and she still looks reasonably treated based on placed efforts earlier in the year.

Her main dangers could be Cork runner-up Doonard Prince and Quinine, who represents one of the shrewdest operators around in Arthur Moore.

The Roscommon Fillies Handicap is a hot little contest in which Jazz Girl, Balmont Belle, Senyuman and Cin Cin are all viable contenders for top spot.

The jumps action commences with the Four Roads Mares Maiden Hurdle and Over Church Road really deserves a race of this nature, despite letting favourite-backers down on her last two starts.

Pennys Tune seems sure to play a part in the outcome to the Tote Mobile Betting Handicap Hurdle, while the concluding Frenchpark INH Flat Race may be best left to Alton Bay.

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