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Bunairgead earns black type with Roscommon victory

Updated: Monday, 08 Jul 2013 22:51 | Comments

Kevin Manning carried the Bolger silks to victory on board Bunairgead
Kevin Manning carried the Bolger silks to victory on board Bunairgead

Bunairgead claimed the Listed Lenebane Stakes in good style at Roscommon.

Jim Bolger's New Approach filly was out of luck in five starts after winning a Leopardstown maiden last April, but the move up to 12 furlongs suited Rory Cleary's mount down to the ground.

Settled in third early on, the 9-2 shot showed a good burst of speed on the inside rail passing the furlong marker and wasn't fully extended to beat El Salvador by two and three-quarter lengths.

Kevin Manning kept it simple on Bolger's 13-8 favourite Home School in the opening Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

The colt has been getting closer to the target with every start and opened his account with a two-length defeat of Trikala having raced close to the pace throughout.

Johnny Murtagh's Belle De Crecy ran away with the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Maiden.

The 4-6 favourite relished the step up to a mile and a quarter, bounding nine and a half lengths clear of Prima Vista to become the fledgling trainer's first winner ridden by him.

The Pat Shanahan-trained Letterfromamerica (16-1) consigned her first two appearances to the past when seeing off marker leader Harlem Shake in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden.

The well-drawn pair effectively had it between them throughout, with Harlem Shake leading and Letterfromamerica in the stalking role.

The Tadhg O'Shea-ridden winner battled to the front around two furlongs from the finish and stayed on well to open up a two and a quarter-length gap at the line.

The Supervalu's Roscommon Handicap went to veteran Maundy Money (6-1), who defied the burden of top weight under 7lb claimer Connor King.

David Marnane's well-backed 10-year-old travelled like a dream on the heels of the leaders and got a dream split two furlongs out.

He cruised to the front and only had to be kept up to his work to beat Elusive Express by two and three-quarter lengths.

Angela's Dream made every yard to win the ITBA. Western Region Fillies Handicap.

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