BILLY Lee continued his tremendous recent run of success making it 10 winners in the space of just six days with a 50/1 treble highlighted by a couple of impressive winners for trainer Paddy Twomey.

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap was the feature on this seven-race card and Rosscarbery completed a hat-trick this term in fine style.

The 6/5 favourite was never too far off the pace and Lee’s mount asserted from over a furlong out to beat Pachmena by two and three-quarter lengths.

“She’s a lovely filly and this was a natural next step after Sligo. I’d say her handicap days are probably behind her,” said Twomey, who trains the daughter of Sea The Stars for Robert Moran.

“She’s uncomplicated and is enjoying racing. She’s bred to stay and I’d imagine we will look for a stakes race now. She has form on all sorts of ground and she has won in Dundalk.”

The initial going description of yielding was changed to soft before this race after some heavy showers.

Twomey and Lee also teamed up to take the Follow Roscommon Racecourse On Facebook Maiden with Spasiba.

Ran well

“I was hoping he’d do something like that. I thought he ran very well in Cork and he came on well from that run,” said the Athassel House trainer after the 7/4 favourite drew clear from over a furlong out in his white colours to readily beat Hallowed Star by over four lengths.

“He really wants to go further and he’s bred to stay but he has the class to do that over a mile and a quarter. He has a big, long stride on him and I’d say he’d love fast ground.”

Lee, who also partnered a treble at Killarney the previous week, initiated this triple success when Brown Eagle made all in the Roscommon Claiming Maiden.

The 15/2 chance kept on well in the closing stages to hold off 8/13 favourite Plankton by three-quarters of a length.


“The blinkers were a big help to him. I was able to get a breather down around the bottom and he kept finding well in the straight,” said Lee, who is just one behind (29-28) champion Colin Keane in the flat jockeys table.

Winning trainer Michael Grassick reported by telephone: “That’s in memory of my grandmother, dad’s mother, Alice who passed away yesterday. It’s great to get a winner for Joe (Keeling) who is a great supporter and he could go for another claimer up in trip at Fairyhouse on Friday.”

Kyanna gets off the mark

KYANNA Van Buuren’s smile lit up a dull evening after partnered her first winner aboard the John McConnell-trained No Patience in the Tulsk Apprentice Handicap.

The 25/1 shot raced keenly up with the pace and, despite edging a bit left, kept on well to beat top-weight Clear Quartz by two and a quarter lengths.

“He travelled well and got there easily enough. I’m just delighted to ride a winner and thanks to Siobhan (Rutledge) for getting suspended!” she said before adding, “I’m from Holland but not from a horseracing background and moved over here when I was young.

“I was in college but my course got changed and my sister was working in Gavin Cromwell’s yard so I went in for a few weekends and I was advised to take out a licence as I’m light. I just did it for a bit of fun and rode out in John’s a few evenings and decided to give it a go.”

McConnell said: “I’m delighted for the owners (In The Post Partnership) and Kyanna, who has been working for me the last year.

“It’s tough to get people going in this game so hopefully that might get her started. She can ride and just needs the experience.”


The Irish EBF Auction Series Maiden proved a real triumph for the Joseph O’Brien yard with Voce Del Palio just pegging back stablemate Wujdaan in the shade of the winning post.

Declan McDonogh’s mount was caught in a pocket over two furlongs out as the runner-up asserted and soon went about five lengths clear.

However, the 6/4 favourite, sporting the colours of O’Brien’s mother Annemarie, really got motoring in the closing stages to get up on the line.

O’Brien’s assistant Brendan Powell said: “Dec said it didn’t really go to plan as his idea was to be handy. The filly took off and went clear but was out in front long enough and that hill just caught her out. “The winner’s experience helped as he stayed on very well the last time at Leopardstown.”

Sally goes in again

ON what proved a good evening for those ridden up with the pace, Sally Golightly (6/1) followed up a recent win at Sligo by making all and stretching clear over a furlong out for Donagh O’Connor to easily beat Forgetmenotblue by two and a quarter lengths in the Racing Here Again June 14th Handicap.

“She’s improving out of the way and responded well to those tactics. We’ll look for a more valuable fillies’ handicap and you never know where she will end up,” said Jack Davison, who trains the Zoffany filly for Alida and Goetz Bechtolsheimer.


Final Endeavour made most in the Handicap and was kept up to his work by Gavin Ryan to beat the staying on Black Hawk Eagle by two and a quarter lengths.

The six-year-old, who didn’t go unbacked at 12/1, is trained for Susan Bury by Harry Rogers who said: “Gavin gave him a lovely ride. He stacked them up and gave him a breather before quickening it up. He’s won on soft ground before and handles it well.


“He’s in a hurdle race at Wexford on Wednesday (finished seventh). I didn’t think he would get in but he has and if the ground is like that then he could take his chance.”