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No hurry to decide on Festival outing for Roseys Hollow

Connections are in no rush to decide whether to send Roseys Hollow to next month’s Cheltenham Festival following her impressive victory at Fairyhouse on Monday.

Bought by leading owner JP McManus after winning a Cork bumper on her racecourse debut last spring, the Jonathan Sweeney-trained seven-year-old was subsequently beaten on her first two starts over hurdles before making it third time lucky at Fairyhouse last month.

Roseys Hollow faced a step up in class for the Grade Three Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle, but proved too strong for hot favourite Royal Kahala, leading to several bookmakers promoting the winner to ante-post favouritism for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in the Cotswolds.

Sweeney said: “She seems fine since the race – I’m very happy with her.

“She’s the first mare I’ve trained for JP. I recommended her to Frank (Berry, owner’s racing manager) prior to her winning in Cork as we always liked her.”

Asked whether Cheltenham would be next on the agenda, the trainer added: “No decision has been made and no plans have been made yet.

“I had a runner in the Champion Bumper last year (Mahler Allstar). He was my first runner at the Festival.

“We’ll take it one day at a time with this mare and talk to the lads and put a plan together.”

Roseys blossoms with Solerina success

Roseys Hollow stepped up on her course-and-distance success of last month to take the Grade Three spoils in the Race Displays Solerina Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The Jonathan Sweeney-trained seven-year-old, owned by JP McManus, ran out a ready winner in what was a strong renewal of this two-and-a-quarter-mile contest.

Henry De Bromhead’s pair of Kapard and Brave Way made the running with Delvino close by until the nine-strong field became tightly-packed after the third-last flight.

Mark Walsh brought Roseys Hollow (17-2) to lead after jumping the second last and she kept Royal Kahala, the 11-10 favourite at bay, to score by two lengths.

“She did that nicely, so it’s great to step up again today. I couldn’t be happier,” said Sweeney.

“It looked to be a very strong field. Today was the plan and we’ll take one day at a time. I’ll have a chat with Frank (Berry, owner’s racing manager) and see what they put together.

“You’d be always hoping to have one like that. That’s my third Grade Three win with a mare and my third runner in a Grade Three.

“Minutestomidnight won the mares’ bumper at Punchestown and Barnahash Rose won the Shannon Spray Hurdle in Limerick.”

Roseys Hollow was slashed to 6-1 from 20-1 for the Grade Two Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with Betfair.