Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Wing wizard at Roscommon

Fran Berry stole the riding honours with an excellent display of front-running tactics aboard Spinning Wings at Roscommon last night.

Just four runners went to post for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap and Berry stole the advantage at the flip start, kicking his mount away.

Allowed to dictate the pace, Berry had the 7/2 shot swinging along nicely and although favourite Genesi tried to peg back the distance at the finish, she was still a neck down at the line.

Panic (6/4) looks set to continue his career on foreign shores after landing the ERA Oates Auctioneers Race in the hands of Declan McDonogh.

The three-year-old was on the mark at Cork on Sunday and made it a speedy double for trainer Edward Lynam, who sold the colt to Johnny Roe.

Estephe made hard work of notching her first win in the Ballygar Maiden as Johnny Murtagh had to be at his strongest to get the Tommy Stack-trained favourite home by a head from Livaleo.

The Lesley Young trained Surprise Vendor justified favouritism when coming home in front in the Railway Bar |3-Y-0 Hurdle in the hands of Ruby Walsh.

There should be plenty of interest in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Gowran Park tonight in which the prolific Aidan O'Brien unleashes an interesting newcomer in Joshua Tree.

The Montjeu colt is out of a fair performer in the US and while punters should take note that O'Brien's well-touted Benvenuto flopped on soft ground at Cork on Sunday, the ground conditions should not prevent Joshua Tree from making a winning debut.

Over in the west, Sligo also plays host to an all-Flat fixture and it's interesting to note that Pat Smullen is making the long journey from the Curragh even though his ‘guvnor' Dermot Weld has two runners at Gowran.

Meanwhile, the Flat meetings at Catterick and Chepstow fell foul of the weather yesterday.

Chepstow were forced to abandon after only two races due to heavy rain while Catterick was lost after the fifth.

Although only light drizzle had fallen at Catterick, it produced unsafe ground and the fixture was finally called off due to two horses slipping up.

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