• Sligo - Tuesday

    Quick re-appearance can be a winning one for Aspen

    A seven-race card at Sligo on Tuesday evening kicks-off at 5.40 with the feature going to post two hours later, the Bet With Tote For Convenience Rated Race. A 1m2½f contest for three-year-olds, Dermot Weld’s Third World is extremely well treated by the race conditions and should make for a straightforward success. He’s rated 15lbs higher than his nearest rival in this but concedes just 3lbs so should have no issue getting his second career win under 7lb claimer Andy Slattery.

    The opening Tote Supports Sligo Racing Claiming Race is a much more open contest and it may be worth siding with the Michael Mulvany trained Grove Hill having her second start on the level. Although she hadn’t shown much in bumpers or over hurdles, she outran her 50/1 odds at Gowran Park on her first flat start last month and a repeat of that could be good enough here with jockey Ben Coen taking off a valuable 5lbs.

    Coen is likely to ride the favourite in the following race, the Play The Tote Superfecta On Every Race Median Auction Race over 6f but he’ll have stiff competition in trainer Andrew Slattery’s other runner, Sunset Nova, ridden by his son Andy who claims 7lbs. Placed on his last two outings, he was third over course and distance two runs ago when ridden prominently so clearly handles the track and was just nabbed close to the line at Tipperary over 5f earlier this month. A return to 6f should suit and he can finally get a win on the board.

    Aspen Belle for trainer Patrick Martin bolted up at Cork on Friday over 5f and the quick return to the track in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap should be a winning one under jockey Killian Leonard. She’s due to go 12lbs for that success but carries just the 6lb penalty today. A repeat of Friday’s performance this evening should prove fruitful.

    The Tote Supporting Irish Racing Handicap over 6f at 7.10 looks wide open and it could be worth siding with May Remain who has recently joined the Pat Murphy stable. Previously rated as high as 86 when running in the UK, the four-year-old has now dropped down to just 58 but has shown some promise this year and the change of scenery may bring out some improvement.

    Michael Halford is a trainer-in-form at the moment with three winners in the last 14 days, including landing a double at Gowran Park on Sunday, and he can continue that run with Castle Guest in the Tote Free Race Day Tickets Handicap at 8.10. Although not a winner since 2016, he’s another who has dropped a long way down in the weights but some promising runs of late indicate he should be up to winning this.

    In the concluding Tote Goes Twilight At Sligo Maiden, John Queally’s Getaway Katie Mai is a Grade 2 Aintree bumper winner and although she was disappointing most recently in a competitive handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe, this is a much easier task and a first flat run should prove a winning one.


    Selections: 5.40 Grove Hill; 6.10 Sunset Nova; 6.40 Aspen Belle (NAP); 7.10 May Remain; 7.40 Third World; 8.10 Castle Guest; 8.40 Getaway Katie Mai

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