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Saturday 24 August 2019

Masaff prize on offer for Weld at Roscommon to keep up run

Masaff goes in the Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon
Masaff goes in the Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon

The €60,000 Lenebane Stakes is Roscommon's biggest Flat race of the year but unfortunately attracted just five runners this evening.

On official ratings it would seem a straightforward puzzle to unravel as MASAFF (8.30, Roscommon) is not only the highest rated runner in the field but is in receipt of weight from three rivals as well.

Indeed, it may come down to a battle of the three-year-olds with Kangaroo Valley giving the selection most to do but Masaff wins this if he can find anything like his juvenile form from last season when going close to Madhmoon.

Dermot Weld enjoyed notable success at Sandown on Saturday and this can continue the good run of form for Rosewell House and give Chris Hayes a second consecutive win in the race for the Aga Khan having scored on three-year-old Kalaxana last year for Mick Halford.

Weld and Hayes may earlier notch up a winner with ACAPELLA BLU (7.30, Roscommon) given a tentative nod that her experience will see off that of Timemakesitfine, who has also improved for each of her two runs.

The Roscommon Herald Handicap over an extended 10 furlongs has also only attracted a small field for nice prize money but it looks a good bit of placing by Ger Lyons with HELIAC (8.00, Roscommon).

Heliac made all the running to win a Cork maiden on her first start of the current campaign and then had to miss an intended engagement at this track last month when the ground changed.

Connections described her as being green at Cork and more can be expected from her with that run under her belt and Heliac would look one of the better bets on this card.

Noel Meade has been in enjoying a good spell lately across both codes and JERANDME (9.00, Roscommon) can land the concluding maiden.

A maiden hurdle winner at this track, Jerandme has since been second in a similar Flat maiden to this at Leopardstown and then in a novice hurdle at Kilbeggan.

The five-year-old could possibly make it a very good evening for Heliac's jockey, Colin Keane.

ROSCOMMON TODAY

6.00 Potala Palace

6.30 Festina Plente

7.00 Procurator

7.30 Acapela Blu

8.00 Heliac

8.30 Masaff

9.00 Jerandme

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