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Death Duty not taxed by Roscommon opposition

Death Duty looks a decent recruit to the hurdling ranks when sparking a Roscommon double for Ruby Walsh with victory in the Roscommon Maiden Hurdle.

Walsh was happy to settle the Gordon Elliott-trained 1-3 favourite just behind the early leaders, but after taking up the running on the turn for home, the race was soon in safe keeping.

A Listed winner in the bumper sphere last season, Death Duty cantered clear after the last under a motionless Walsh to score by eight lengths from Coeur Joyeux.

Elliott said: "He's a nice horse. He was a bit fresh and gassy early but we can plan where we want to go now.

"I'd say he'll stay further but he's not slow either. We'll look for a novice hurdle for him in three of four weeks time and see how we go.

"I'd say he loves that ground."

Walsh added a second win when getting Dreambaby up late to land the OCR Waste Management Handicap.

The race looked between Mindsmadeup, Freedom Statue and Willow Grange at the last, with Willie Mullins' 4-1 favourite back in fourth.

However, eventual second Freedom Statue jumped to the right at the final flight, causing the trio to bump into one another, and Walsh found another gear on the outside from Dreambaby, who went on to score by three and three-quarter lengths.

Elliott grabbed his double when Monbeg Worldwide (1-2 favourite) won the Thanks For Supporting Roscommon Racecourse Flat Race under Jamie Codd, while the third win came with Keith Donoghue in the plate as Space Cadet (13-8) opened his account over fences in the Roscommon On Course Vets Beginners Chase.


From Belfast Telegraph