Well-backed Sea The Dawn helps Killian Leonard to Roscommon double

Monday, Jun 10 2019

Killian Leonard recorded a 230-1 double at Roscommon on Monday evening, landing a gamble aboard Sea The Dawn in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden.

The Adrian Keatley-trained bay failed to make an impact on debut at the Curragh and was available at 50-1 in early shows.

However, she tumbled in price on-course, going from 25s to 10s, and hit the front from the furlong pole, keeping on strongly from there to score impressively by six lengths.

Keatley was not present, but Leonard remarked: “She fell out of the gates the first day, but flew home and was only beaten eight lengths.

“I think she wants that ground, she ran on good to firm ground at the Curragh and it looked like a nice run.

“She had a low weight on her back and I think there is plenty improvement left.”

Leonard completed his brace on Talk Now in the in the second divide of the Ladies Day At Roscommon On Monday 8th July 2019 Apprentice Handicap.

Previously trained by Ger Lyons and George Webb, this four-year-old daughter of Finjaan was making her debut for Adrian Joyce and on a mark of 43, she was sent off an unconsidered 20-1 chance.

She came with her effort between horses over a furlong from home and led inside the final 200 yards, winning by two lengths.

Joyce said: “I don’t have her that long, but I told the lads I liked her as she had done a nice bit of work at the Curragh.

“She is a genuine, lowly-rated filly that will go back for something similar next.”

The first divide of this seven-furlong contest was won by the Adrian McGuinness-trained Piper Bomb.

Returned at 10-1 chance, the daughter of Dandy Man was ridden to victory by Tom Madden.

Madden’s brother, Niall, then got in on the act, as he partnered De Name Escapes Me (16-1) to victory in the Sherry Fitzgerald P Burke Auctioneers Maiden.

Better known for his exploits under National Hunt rules, the Noel Meade-trained nine-year-old was making his debut on the level.

Settled towards rear, he was pushed along from early in the straight but soon took closer order.

He was ridden to challenge inside the final furlong and in what was a bunch finish, he got up close home to prevail by a head.

“Soft ground makes a big difference. I’d say they went too quick in front and he is a stayer,” Meade commented.

“He is a moderate jumper – he jumps hurdles but doesn’t jump fences. We said we’d give him a run on the Flat to sweeten him up and give him something else to think about.”

The opening Roscommon Claiming Maiden was won by Faerie Laws, in first-time blinkers, with Wayne Lordan aboard this 12-1 shot for Willie McCreery.

Stormy Tale (5-1), under Gary Carroll for Michael Mulvany, made all in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, while the Sheila Lavery-trained Heavenly Snow (13-2) took the Peggy Guerin Memorial Handicap.

The concluding Roscommon Racecourse Handicap went the way of 16-1 shot Cj Cregg. Ross Coakley was aboard this daughter of Arcano for John McConnell.

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