Calorando follows up in style

TONY MULLINS took the training honours at Roscommon yesterday, doubling-up with Calorando and Stadium Project.

Winner of the valuable Murphys Handicap Hurdle at Killarney last month, Calorando followed-up when emphatically turning over odds-on favourite Akshar in the Dermot Hughes Toyota Car Sales Hurdle.

Confidently handled by 7lb. claimer Mark Watts, Calorando came from last to first, overcoming some ‘traffic problems’ in the straight before sprinting clear for an impressive victory. Stressing how well the winner handles summer ground, Mullins is targeting the Galway Festival with Sean Murphy's six-year-old, already a winner on the flat at Ballybrit. Calorando could run twice at the Festival, including a possible tilt at the Guinness Galway Hurdle.

The Mullins double was completed in the bumper, from which the trainer withdrew one of his declared runners - Carlito Way - when Pat Murphy guided 2/1 favourite Stadium Project to a convincing win.

Curragh trainers Kevin Prendergast and Dermot Weld, successful in the feature events at Cork, were also on the mark at the midlands venue.

Danzelline, a winner on her debut at Killarney, justified 8/15 favouritism when recording a hard-earned head victory over Eagles' Pass in the Budweiser Median Auction Maiden, completing an across-the-card double for Prendergast and owner Lady O'Reilly.

Earlier, Weld, whose Golden Arrow landed the listed juvenile contest at Cork, was responsible for Attend, which landed the opening fillies maiden under a strong ride by Pat Shanahan.

Fast ground specialist Portant Fella, trained by Joanna Morgan, started favourite to beat four previous chase winners in the George McCourt Memorial Novice Chase.

John Cullen's mount obliged, but only after a ding-dong battle with Dalian Dawn (Derek O'Connor), which had looked the likely winner from the turn-in until nailed close home and beaten a head by the tough six-year-old.

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