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Sligo - Wednesday 28th - September

Nap of the day – Willow Grange (5.15)

2.05 – Retour En France - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase – Win 

Retour En France was running for the first time in 23 months when sent off an odds-on favourite to beat her smart stable companion Airlie Beach over hurdles at Galway three weeks ago and she should have little difficulty in winning this. She finished runner-up on that occasion but is fully entitled to improve and she will certainly handle the ground. It will surely help that she had five starts over fences in her native France before joining the champion trainer. Water Sprite goes chasing for the first time and she looks a clear second best on her hurdles form which includes a success in heavy ground. Presenting Mahler won a bumper and a novice handicap hurdle on good ground and she looks up against it as she bids to build on a debut effort over fences when runner-up to Westerner Lady at Listowel recently. 

Exacta – 3-4

Trifecta – 3-4-2

2.35 – The Big Apple - Frank O’Beirne Memorial Beginners Chase – Win 

The Big Apple has a lengthy absence to overcome but he might just be up to the job. He looked a future star when running away with a bumper at Naas in November of 2014 but suffered a defeat when an odds-on favourite over hurdles a month later at Navan. He hasn’t been seen since but is worth taking a chance with on his reappearance. Vinnie Luck is possibly the biggest danger to the selection and he goes back over fences for the first time since chasing home his stable companion Another Rebel at Cork in March. He didn’t show all that much over hurdles since but might have the measure of Antiphony and Polish Partisan, a bumper winner here on very different ground in August of 2012. 

Exacta – 4-7

Trifecta – 4-7-1

3.05 – Riviera Sun - Sligo Park Hotel Novice Handicap Chase – Win 

Riviera Sun is of interest on his handicap chase debut. While he hasn’t shown much in four starts over the larger obstacles, he was a fair sort over hurdles and is proven on this ground. He also has a few fairly recent runs to his name and that might give him an advantage over Pullen Muscle who has been absent since finishing well off the pace in a race won by Another Rebel at Cork at the end of March. Flynsini also reappears after a similar break but he does have a win over fences to his name. He landed a hunters’ chase at Down Royal in March of 2015 and a return to that form might give him a bigger chance than Galboystown Lady who, to her credit, has some nice form to her name this season. 

Exacta – 1-2

Trifecta – 1-2-3

3.35 – Draycott Place - Joe Henry Memorial Handicap Chase – Win 

Draycott Place is very much the one to beat. He would certainly have been in the mix but for unseating his rider at the second last fence in the race won by his stable companion Kylecrue at Listowel and his earlier run when second to Hidden Cyclone at the same festival was a fine effort. Pumbaa took second place in the Listowel event won by Kylecrue but he has ground to make up on the selection on an earlier effort at Kilbeggan in August. The Black Russian is back over fences after two good runs over hurdles. He went close at Kilbeggan before winning on soft ground at Ballinrobe last time and he might not be far away. Ballyfinboy was a winner on different ground at Downpatrick in June and he could reach the frame if reproducing that effort. 

Exacta – 3-4

Trifecta – 3-4-2

4.10 – Golden Plan - Sligo Races Supporters Club Beginners Chase – Each/Way

Golden Plan didn’t do too badly on the Flat at the Listowel and might be ready to win again. He was running for the first time in almost exactly a year when down the field behind Snow Falcon at the festival and is likely to improve. A three-time winner on heavy ground, most recently over hurdles at Thurles in January of 2015, he might be a match for Havana Dancer who was a winner over hurdles here in July and has done well in a few starts since. Both go chasing for the first time here but are preferred to the more experienced Kilcarry Bridge who is absent since March of last year and Kilclispeen who might need better ground to be seen at his best. 

Exacta – 2-8

Trifecta – 2-8-3

4.45 – Another Rebel - Kilcawley Construction Chase – Win 

Another Rebel is just preferred. He was a clear-cut winner when last seen over fences at Cork in late March where crucially he handled the very testing conditions. He was subsequently pulled-up over hurdles at the Punchestown festival but chasing looks to be his game now and he might just fare better than Sizing Coal on the ground. The latter is without a win since December of 2014 and while he did finish third behind Thunder And Roses in the Irish Grand National the following April, he hasn’t built on that since. Getoutwhenyoucan can beat Mic Milano for the third spot. 

Exacta – 1-2

Trifecta – 1-2-4

5.15 – Willow Grange - Why Not sponsor A Race At Sligo Races Handicap Chase – Win 

Willow Grange can take advantage of the absence of Garrai Phaidin to win. A pretty consistent sort, he has had a busy September but his runs at Galway, Ballinrobe and Downpatrick have a fair look to him and his winning turn might just have arrived. Georgie ran his best race for some time when second to Jack Slade over hurdles at Bellewstown in July and while he didn’t do so well at Ballinrobe subsequently, the softer ground here might be more in his favour. Ard Cregg was behind the selection at Ballinrobe but can certainly be fancied on some of his earlier form and he was a winner on heavy ground at Thurles in December of last year. 

Exacta – 4-5

Trifecta – 4-5-3