Last year’s winner Benefit Run arrives in good form after a cracking run at the Galway Festival and holds
every chance in the Frank O’Beirne Memorial Handicap Chase at Sligo on
Ross O’Sullivan’s charge was an easy winner
of this contest twelve months ago and runs here off a 3lb higher mark than when
chasing home Abbey Magic at Galway.
That run was a nice bounce back to form and
a reproduction of that effort may be more than enough to land the feature. He
seems to hold an edge over a few of these who have plenty of questions to
answer, and Conor Orr’s mount likes it around Sligo, which is always vitally
important. Grange Walk is feared most.
Antey deserves plenty of respect with a
rating of 136, but with questions marks still lying over his jumping, Fancy
Foundations is a safer alternative in the Templehouse Lake Chase (4.15).
Gordon Elliot’s charge won readily on chasing debut at Down Royal in May, and
has previously won twice after lay-offs, so the break is of no concern.
Just A Normal Day has been right in the mix on his last few chase starts and can run close
again off a nice mark in the Owenmore Handicap Chase (3.45). He was only beaten
3 lengths into fourth at Downpatrick on his last start and his mark remains
unchanged at 98, with Paul Cawley booked to take off 7lbs in the plate. He
looks in good form over the larger obstacles and can go one better now.
Action gets underway with the Irish
Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase (1.35) with She Tops The Lot the one to side with. Henry De Bromhead’s mare brings plenty of chase
experience to the table and this looks a winnable assignment, with Manitopark
AA leaving lots to be desired. The Sliding Rock perhaps looks the best of the rest.
Henry De Bromhead may well open the card
with a double should Alice Avril settle better than at Tramore last
time, she’s the one to beat in the Leo McMorrow Memorial Novice Handicap Chase
(2.10). She tore away and won comfortably at Roscommon before being reeled at
Tramore on her last start. She holds bundles of ability and if JJ Slevin can settle
her early, she’ll be hard to beat.
Wa Wa beat
everything bar a smart favourite at Ballinrobe on chasing debut and a
reproduction of that run should be enough to land the Brenda Anderson Memorial
Beginners Chase (3.15). David Christie’s son of Yeat’s showed modest form over
hurdles but looked rejuvenated when taking to fences and if able to back up his
last run, he’ll be hard to beat in the hands of Denis O’Regan.
It's very hard to oppose Favori Logique in
the concluding Riverstown Handicap Chase (4.50). After a quick double over
hurdles, Ross O’Sullivan’s charge destroyed his rivals at Ballinrobe when
switched back to fences. Shane O’Callaghan is back in the plate and he should
Selections: 1.35 She Tops The Lot; 2.10
Alice Avril; 2.40 Benefit Run (NAP); 3.15 Wa Wa; 3.45 Just A Normal Day; 4.15
Fancy Foundations; 4.50 Favori Logique.