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Sligo preview

Updated: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 15:01 | Comments

Racing at Sligo gets underway at 6pm on Wednesday
Racing at Sligo gets underway at 6pm on Wednesday

The Sligo GAA Race Day 19th August Maiden Hurdle gets proceedings under way at 6pm on Wednesday evening and sees Jimmy Two Times attempting to build on his last-start second placing.

Brian Hamilton's five-year-old had not offered much encouragement until running fairly at Fairyhouse in February and he took another step forward when beating all bar Blow The Doors Off at Gowran Park a month later.

Heading the opposition here is the Colm Murphy-trained Killiney Court, who came up against the likes of Vautour and Western Boy during the winter and will appreciate this more realistic assignment.

Liz Doyle has her team in fine fettle and Cacheofgold attempts to get in on the act in the June 17th At Sligo Mares Maiden Hurdle, having made the frame on her last couple of appearances.

Pennys Tune is her chief threat, and bids to boost the chances of her Downpatrick conqueror Shantou Flyer, who goes to post for the Follow Sligo Races On Facebook Rated Novice Hurdle.

On official figures, though, Colin Bowe's charge will do well to concede weight to Santo Prince, who ran behind some of the better Irish juveniles before a lacklustre Down Royal display.

Santo Prince's trainer Gordon Elliott is responsible for the returning Swantykay, who comes up against another rival who has had the benefit of a break in the shape of Downpatrick victor Rasco in the Ellen's Pub Maugherow Handicap Hurdle.

The most interesting contender for this prize, however, is the JP McManus-owned Jackofalltrades, who steps out of maiden company for the first time on a lowly mark.

Eight Til Late attempts to translate his winning bumper form to obstacles in the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle, while Lady Olwyn tackles the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Handicap Hurdle just two days after hitting the crossbar over fences at Roscommon, and she is considerably better treated in this sphere.

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