Ruby shines at two-day Roscommon Races

Roscommon racecourse staged another successful two-day meeting last weekend. On Sunday huge crowds attended the annual family day in scorching sunshine and they were rewarded with some great performances on the track.   Ruby Walsh made his visit on  Sunday a profitable one by riding a double on the card. Jubilant Note opened his account with an easy win in the feature race of the race, the Niall Mellon Township Trust Novice Steeplechase.    Michael Murphy’s charge was led before two out and did not have to be overly extended by Walsh to prevail by 12 lengths. He completed his brace by riding the Tony Martin-trained Hegrid to victory in the two-mile handicap hurdle. Elsewhere on the card, Dermot Weld saddled a double with In The Rush winning the opening maiden under Pat Smullen and Vision Of Grandeur easily prevailing in the 12f handicap under Shane Gorey.   On Monday there was great excitement when the locally-owned Katcharto Lady landed the Choice Betting Handicap under Pat Smullen at odds of 6/4. The Joanna Morgan trained horse will now go for an event at the Galway Festival. Ruby Walsh was again on target when Millanymare won the Abbey Hotel Handicap Chase for Tony Martin, landing the odds at 11/4.   Over the two days a total of almost €1.7 million was wagered at the course over the two days which is well up on last year’s June figure. Roscommon racecourse manager Micheal Finneran told The Roscommon People that he was well pleased with the two day meeting. ‘It went very well. We had good weather, safe ground for the horses and thankfully no incidents. The course was in brilliant shape and I want to pay tribute to our workers here locally who did such a great job’ he said.   The next meeting at Roscommon is also a two-day meeting on Monday 9 th and Tuesday 10 th July (Ladies Day).