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Sligo review

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 21:20 | Comments

Pat Smullen guided Show Court home in the Pet Stop Discount Warehouse And Fuel Centre Carraroe Sligo Race
Pat Smullen guided Show Court home in the Pet Stop Discount Warehouse And Fuel Centre Carraroe Sligo Race

Dermot Weld looked to have found a great opportunity for Show Court in the Pet Stop Discount Warehouse And Fuel Centre Carraroe Sligo Race and the four-year-old obliged with the minimum of fuss.

Sent off the 2-5 favourite by Sligo punters after finishing third in a hot handicap at the Curragh, the gelding was settled just off the lead by Pat Smullen as Qasser set the pace.

Asked to quicken up on the approach to the straight, Show Court quickly put the race to bed and had no difficulty beating the running-on Traveller's Tales by six lengths.

The Pat Martin-trained Versilia Gal (9-2) struck for the first time since landing a double last summer when she kept going strongly under Conor Hoban to take the countysligoraces.com Fillies Handicap.

The three-year-old looked to be in trouble when Bainne ranged up to challenge soon after entering the straight, but the 5lb penalty the favourite was carrying for her victory at Cork on Sunday didn't help and she was beaten half a length.

Billy Lee, who landed a career-first hat-trick at Cork at the weekend, got another double on the scoreboard initiated by Tim Doyle's Vasoni (100-30) in the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Handicap.

Three Bells, a desperately unlucky loser last time, was sent off the 5-4 favourite and again didn't have much luck in running, as a result of which he got going a little late and came up half a length short.

Lee doubled up for Doyle when 100-30 favourite Killourney Empress travelled sweetly into contention before leading a furlong out to take the Ladies Day At Sligo 8th August Handicap by two and three-quarter lengths.

Shane Foley went straight to the front on the Ken Condon-trained Auden (9-4 joint-favourite) in the Family Day 14th July At Sligo Claiming Race and he zipped round the sharp track to win by two lengths.

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