A Laois trainer celebrated his seventh winner of the season in Roscommon yesterday.
Lord Dudley, trained by Portarlington-based Kieran Cotter, pleased favourite backers as he Boyle Handicap at the Connacht track to claim the €6,000 first prize.
The 9/2 favourite was prominent throughout under Declan McDonogh before just holding on in the closing stages.
The winning jockey would actually go on to have a 54/1 treble on the day.
There is a further Laois connection to the horse as it was bred by Laois man Kevin Gaffney.
Speaking to IrishRacing.com, winning trainer Cotter said: “We’re delighted with that and he’s progressed from his last run.
“He’s very headstrong and I was a bit worried when he got taken on and they pulled six or eight lengths clear.
“He just held on and Declan thinks we should go back to six furlongs with him. Hopefully he can win another one or two.
“Roscommon is not the place that you want to be stopping but in fairness he hung on.
“He’s a child’s horse at home but once you put a saddle on him he wants to go.
“He didn’t turn great around here and a straight six might suit him.
“I’m glad for the Kildare Racing Club as they supported me a good few years ago.”