Rocknrollrambo under Paddy Kennedy
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By Gary Carson
Rocknrollrambo ran out a convincing winner of the 2m6f maiden hurdle at Thurles as another odds-on shot flopped.
War Correspondent was sent off 4/7 favourite but was under pressure from a long-way out in the race and eventually finished a well-beaten seventh.
Rocknrollrambo, under Paddy Kennedy, had taken over from front-runner Sasa Semo at the fourth last and asserted from nearest pursuer Sophies Shadow entering the straight.
20/1 shot Mimi And Bow came through for second but never looked like getting to the winner, going down by three-and-a-half lengths.
The 7/1 winner was making his 'track debut' having been runner-up in two point-to-points last month and had attracted some support from 12/1 before racing.
“We thought he'd win at Dromahane last time but he was beaten by a newcomer and it looked a good race,” said trainer Eugene O'Sullivan.
“We've always thought a lot of him. He was also second at Ballindenisk and the horse that was third then won by 20 lengths on Sunday.
“He's really a three-mile chaser. We'll go for a winners of one hurdle somewhere now if he is not sold.
“He'll probably go chasing next year and is a lovely horse.”
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)