A meeting of the Roscommon Races took place on Monday and Tuesday last and despite the unfavourable weather conditions on Tuesday it was attended by a large crowd, which descended on the race-course for the two-day event.
Overall the two-day meeting, despite the unfavourable weather conditions on Tuesday, were a resounding success as over 3,000 people made their way through the turn-styles.
There was a seven-race programme on both evenings and on Monday the meeting featured a listed race, the Lenebane Stakes, which was won by the 4/5 John Oxx trained favourite Karasiyra.
RTE’s Pamela Flood was also present where she judged the Best Dressed Lady Competition. There was some local success as Catherine Mulryan, Celtic Avenue, Roscommon, scooped the award.
There was more local success on the race-track as a locally owned horse, Doransfirth, came third in the Tote Maiden Hurdle on Monday. The horse is owned by Eddie Naughton of Roscommon Farming Supplies and trained in Ballygar by David Kelly. Longford trainer Paul Flynn’s had a winner in Option Be who won the fourth race of the day of the opening day.
The poor weather conditions put a slight dampener on proceedings on Tuesday but the hearts of the crowd were warmed by well-known Oliver Brady, who played his traditional role of entertainer in the parade ring.
The Monaghan native greeted winner of the feature race the Leo Dolan Memorial Hurdle Duroob with his customary victory bellow of ‘Up Monaghan’ after she romped home under a strong ride from claimer Matthew Bowes.
Winners on Monday included the Aidan O’Brien-trained High Ruler, Tracy Collins’ Belleau, Frank Ennis’ Intapeace, Paul Flynn trained Option Be, Kevin Prendergast’s Humur Me Rene and John Oxx’s Dawn to Dance.
Winners on Tuesday included John Culloty-trained Regal D’Estruuval, Dessie Hughes and Brian Cooper’s First Beauty, Summerwine Syndicate’s Waterloo Chateau, Oliver Brady’s Duroob, Kielan Woods ridden Mr. Bones, Roger McGrath trained Beg La Eile and Cruise On Bach, trained by Eddie O’Grady.
The Roscommon Race Committee would like to inform race-goers that there is now 25euro vouchers available for all race-days which include entry to the race-course, a race-card and a two-course meal.