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Grandma Dotty stuns in Roscommon

Updated: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 20:49 | Comments

Fran Berry steered Grandma Dotty to a surprise win
Fran Berry steered Grandma Dotty to a surprise win

Grandma Dotty caused a real upset at Roscommon when lowering the colours of hot favourite Clondaw Warrior in the Sean Cleary Memorial Handicap.

After winning a Tramore handicap by eight lengths on Saturday, Clondaw Warrior was sent off the 2-9 favourite to follow up under a penalty and cruised into the lead over a furlong out.

Grandma Dotty found plenty for Fran Berry, though, and Charlie Swan's 14-1 chance proved much the stronger in the closing stages, scoring by half a length.

Willie McCreery enjoyed a double on the card, culminating in Love The Feeling's success on his debut over timber in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

One of three runners in contention at the second-last, the 11-1 chance found plenty for Mark Walsh's pressure to come home four and a half lengths clear of Cabarete.

McCreery's double started when Kanes Pass (16-1) produced a strong late surge to finally get the better of Have A Nice Day by half a length in the Follow Roscommon On Facebook Handicap.

Belle Et Bete proved too good for her rivals in the Roscommon Auction Race.

The only previous winner in the field, Ger Lyons' filly went off the 4-7 favourite and after taking up the running just inside the two-furlong pole, she kept on well under Colin Keane to beat Spiritual Man by a length and a quarter.

A tremendous duel between Empress Toorah and Willowing ended with the former winning the Sean Cleary Memorial Handicap.

After frontrunners Calorie and Truly Delightful faded over a furlong out, the pair were locked together throughout the closing stages, with Pat Smullen just getting the Sabrina Harty-trained 11-2 chance ahead on the line.

Eddie O'Grady's 9-2 favourite Hell Cat Maggie landed the Murray Ambulance Service Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott's Clara Mc Cloud travelled sweetly for Davy Condon before edging out Waaheb in the Athleague Hurdle.

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