Bank on Bitin back on the Flat

DON'T BE BITIN should be hard to beat in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap at Roscommon this afternoon.

Ability to handle the expected very testing conditions is a prerequisite for any wager and there are no worries about Eoin Griffin's four-year-old on that score.

Successful on the level round here about a year ago, the selection has shown substantial improvement over flights in the meantime.

Indeed, he developed into one of the top juvenile hurdlers in the country last season and made a fine return over jumps at the recent Listowel Festival.

Don't Be Bitin, carrying the steadier of 11-6, showed great battling qualities to beat Cellarmaster a length in the valuable Lartigue Hurdle.

Shay Barry can make a triumphant comeback from long-term injury by partnering Kahuna to success in the Kilbegnet EBF Novice Chase.

Dusty Sheehy's charge has been ultimately disappointing over fences, but may well be a horse best caught fresh.

He was strongly fancied to make a winning debut at this game in this race a year ago and appeared to be full of running when falling three out. Then next time he was clear when toppling over at the last at Clonmel, contest won by Scarthy Lad.

The first division of the Fairymount Maiden can go to Bogside Dancer. He will handle the surface and performed with plenty of promise when a length and the same third to Indalo Bay at Listowel.

The second section may be best left to Dermot Weld's All In A Mix, runner-up in that particular Listowel race.

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