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Updated: Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 11:48 | Comments

Jim Bolger aims for back-to-back victories in the Connacht Oaks
Jim Bolger aims for back-to-back victories in the Connacht Oaks

Jim Bolger landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Connacht Oaks Fillies Handicap at Sligo 12 months ago and will be out for a repeat success with Something Graceful.

The Galileo filly got back to winning ways at Wexford and is likely to be popular in the feature race on the card.

John Oxx won the prize two years ago and sends Curragh third Kerisa, who gets the benefit of her age allowance in this tough handicap.

Strandfield Lady and Drifting Mist also come into the contest on the back of victories, so a hard-fought battle looks likely.

The meeting gets under way at 5.40 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden, in which Bolger relies on Bru Mor, who has a bit to prove after three down-the-field efforts to date.

Harlem Shake has gone close on a number of occasions and looks likely to be in the mix.

Pixie Hollow was impressive on her Fairyhouse debut and if she improves for that, she could take some stopping.

Focussed's five pound penalty for his Galway success over the reopposing Tom Dooley means he has a welter burden to carry in the Ladies Day 8th August Nursery Handicap.

Should Brendan Duke's charge find that impost too much to bear, then Dermot Weld's Mahon Falls, sporting first-time blinkers, could be the one to take advantage.

Leading apprentice Connor King gets the leg up on Oliver Brady's Zafarqand in the Martin Reilly Motors Mini Dealer Sligo Apprentice Maiden, and he comes out on top of those to have an official rating.

Benash has also been in good form and could challenge, while Ronan Whelan looks to have very strong claims on Bolger's Miss Ekaterina.

Versilia Gal bids to follow up a recent course and distance success in the Foley's Bar & Off Licence Handicap, where she has the reopposing Bainne to worry about.

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