Jolie puts smile on face of Townend at Roscommon

Tuesday, Jul 9 2019

Eoline Jolie made a winning start over fences in the Roscommon Racecourse Beginners Chase to initiate a double for Paul Townend.

The 11-4 favourite took over from Shimmer And Shine at the second last and stayed on to score by two and a half lengths. She was Willie Mullins’ sole runner on the card.

Townend said: “She was probably at her limits over hurdles and now that she can jump a fence it opens a few more avenues to her. She jumped like a buck.”

Townend’s front-running tactics then paid off on Bective Cave in the Larry O’Farrelly Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

The 9-1 chance was strongly pressed on the run-in by Ashqar, but rallied to oblige by a neck for trainer Matthew Smith.

Gallant 16-year-old See Double You battled home in the Leo Dolan Memorial Handicap under Darragh O’Keefe.

Ronan McNally’s charge showed a great attitude to fend off Pump Road by a length.

“It’s unbelievable and I’m almost speechless,” McNally said of the 8-1 winner.

“I really wanted to win in Ireland at 16. He done it at 15 and it’s hard to believe that he can do it at 16.

“He’s been a very very special horse for us. There probably hasn’t been a 16-year-old win in Ireland, I know there has in England.”

Everybreathyoutake sauntered home by 12 lengths for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell in the Connolly’s Red Mills Rated Novice Hurdle at Roscommon.

No less than six of the 11 runners, including Everybreathyoutake, had won their last starts but once the 6-1 shot tanked into the lead before three out the race was soon over.

“He has improved a good bit,” said Elliott, who also saddled third-placed Soldier At War.

“We had him as a bumper horse but he was very very weak. Davy said he loved that ground and we’ll have a bit of fun with him.”

Chasing Abbey (8-1) was driven home by Donie McInerney to land the Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle by three quarters of a length for trainer Paul Flynn.

Joseph O’Brien’s Treasure Chest made it two in a row over fences with a length and half verdict in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon Handicap Chase.

The 4-1 shot found plenty for JJ Slevin to supplement his victory in a Clonmel handicap chase last month.

Caer (11-10 favourite) swooped late under Maxine O’Sullivan to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race by a length for Noel Meade.

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