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Pat Smullen registers brilliant four-timer at Roscommon


Sollertia opens her account at Roscommon

Sollertia opens her account at Roscommon

Sollertia opens her account at Roscommon

Champion jockey Pat Smullen was in stellar form at Roscommon on Monday night as he completed a remarkable four-timer.

The first leg of the four-timer was Sollertia who built on her encouraging debut run at the Curragh when claiming the decent prize on offer in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race, seeing off Highway To Heaven by a length and three quarters.

The latter laid down a bold bid from the front but was always coming off second best when the 5-1 victor swept by with a furlong to run and Smullen only had to keep his mount up to her work to maintain her advantage.

Trainer Tracey Collins said afterwards: "I'm delighted with her and her maiden race (debut run) at the Curragh has worked out really well.

"We were confident enough if she handled the ground - that was the big question, and she did.

"It's not nice ground but in fairness to Roscommon they have produced a race meeting that we needed and all credit to the management."

Smullen was made to work a good bit harder half an hour later as Knowing You left it very late in the Murray Ambulance Maiden.

The well-backed 3-1 victor was behind and being urged along as they swung for home but Dermot Weld's filly clearly stays well and picked up strongly inside the final furlong, claiming favourite Invincible Ryker by three quarters of a length.

Smullen said: "The last day (at Cork in April), five furlongs was obviously too short for her, and today showed she needed every yard of the seven to win.

"She's a Pivotal filly and handled the ground reasonably well but I think a little bit better ground will suit her better.

"She's a lovely sweet, genuine filly and hopefully she can win a handicap after this."

Ontheiflist (3-1) looked one of the first beat in the Peggy Guerin Memorial Handicap but he answered Smullen's every call and came home really to pick up market leaders Apparition and Hyperdrive by four and three quarter lengths.

Things were even easier for Lord Erskine (10-1) who bolted up by eight lengths in the concluding Sean Clearly Memorial Handicap.