Corbett rolls back the years to take National glory at Roscommon

Tuesday, Jun 11 2019

Cecil Corbett served up a 20-1 surprise in Connacht National Handicap Chase at Roscommon to form give Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell a double on the card.

The 12-year-old gelding crept into contention after the second last and came to tackle Full Cry at the final fence. He soon hit the front on the run-in and was ridden out to take the feature by two and three quarter lengths.

Russell said: “He jumped great and stayed really well. He seems to run best fresh and just kept going. All credit to the trainer.”

Former Triumph Hurdle winner Farclas (1-3 favourite) got the ball rolling for Elliott and Russell when making it three from three over fences with a workmanlike three quarters of a length victory in the BetVictor Bet 5euro Get 30euro Novice Chase

Goodnightngodbless stormed home after the last in the Sigmar Recruitment Handicap Hurdle to bring up a double for jockey Darragh O’Keefe.

The six-year-old mare looked to have plenty on her plate after the third last, but made relentless headway on the inner to get on terms at the final flight before powering away on the run-in to score by eight lengths.

James Motherway, trainer, said of the 5-1 winner: “Darragh was brilliant on her and gave her a super ride. I told him she might be caught for a bit of toe early doors but she stays well.”

O’Keefe initiated his brace with victory on 5-2 chance Rocky Shores in the Maiden Hurdle which came by the much tighter margin of a neck for handler Harry Kelly.

Following the race jockey Martin Burke was taken to Galway Hospital for precautionary X-rays after a fall from Thousand Tears.

Popong (11-2) stayed on best to land the Dermot Hughes Car Sales Rated Novice Hurdle for Henry de Bromhead and Hugh Morgan.

The lightly-raced five-year-old mare is now two from three after this three and a half length success.

A 9lb rise for winning at Down Royal didn’t stop Glendaars Warrior from obliging again in the Ladies Day At Roscommon Racecourse On Monday 8th July Handicap Hurdle.

Kevin Brouder drove the 7-2 favourite home by a neck for trainer Dermot McLoughlin.

Home By The Lee (15/8 favourite) led home a one-two for Joseph O’Brien in the bumper as Tom Hamilton steered him in by three quarters of a length from Centaur.

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