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Camelia De Cotte delights Townend in Roscommon

Camelia De Cotte enjoying her first crack at fencesCamelia De Cotte enjoying her first crack at fences
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Camelia De Cotte put in an impressive display of jumping on her first start over fences in the mares' beginners' chase at Roscommon.

Willie Mullins' six-year-old French bred made all in this two mile five contest for Paul Townend. Good To Flow tried to chase her down after the penultimate fence but a good jump at the last sealed victory for Camelia De Cotte, who easily drew five and a half lengths clear on the run-in.

She justified 11/10 favouritism from a couple of 25/1 outsiders in Good To Flow and Holly Flight

Paul Townend said: "She jumped brilliantly and the first day she schooled at home over fences she was good.

"She was impressive on her first start for us over hurdles and only had a few runs last year before her form petered out. Hopefully she's a year stronger this year."

Camelia De Cotte won her maiden hurdle at Tramore in December 2016.

Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes

About Michael Graham
Michael has worked in horse racing journalism for more than 15 years, having also written a weekly betting column on Gaelic football and hurling for a newspaper. He is involved in writing the My Racing Story features on this website. He spent a year in South Africa completing a Diploma in Business Administration and also studied Newspaper Journalism in Belfast. He enjoys playing 5-a-side football on a regular basis.