The Roney Man can get off mark

PAUL NOLAN'S The Roney Man, winner of two point-to-points, can enjoy a first success on the racecourse in the second division of the Irish Stallion Farms' EBF Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel today.

He was the medium of some decent wagers when going off a strong favourite at Fairyhouse earlier in the month, but went down by a length to Drummer First.

The two miles then was an inadequate test for the selection and a combination of that and the fact he found it hard to get a clear run in the straight contributed to his defeat.

Previously, over two miles and six at Thurles, The Roney Man performed solidly when beaten five lengths into second spot by the smart Thyne Again.

The Adare Man, impressive when scoring between the flags on this track in October, is an interesting challenger, but Vedelle may be a bigger worry.

Joe Crowley's charge looked to be a possible star of the future when beating the more than useful Vic Venturi in a bumper at Fairyhouse in March and then reappeared over flights, back at Fairyhouse, on New Year's Day.

A heavily-backed even-money favourite, Vedelle performed way below expectations in finishing over 25 lengths fourth to La Fisarmonica.

Take Your Mark, an easy five lengths winner at Fairyhouse yesterday, will run again in the Suir Ladies Handicap Hurdle, if pulling out in good shape this morning.

He revelled in the heavy Fairyhouse surface and has an obvious chance of defying a mandatory 6lbs penalty.

Willie Mullins unveils yet another well regarded sort in Freds Benefit in the Bumper.

A half-brother by Beneficial to Philip Fenton's Sher Beau, he gets the vote to take what appears a weak enough contest.

* Today’s two chase races were abandoned yesterday after the track was found to be unfit for racing. The remaining races have been divided and the ground is soft to heavy.

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