Symphony can hit right note

OCCASIONALLY, we have a programme, such as the one at Sligo this evening, which has little or nothing to recommend it.

This really is as bad as it gets and, those who cannot resist, should keep wagering to the minimum.

First Symphony might be good enough to squeeze through a woeful looking New Ballisodare Centre Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

She has the best form, moderate and all as it is, and one of the best pilots aboard in the relatively experienced Sean Flanagan.

The selection finished a respectable enough fourth behind Back Of The Pack at Limerick ten days ago and third placed, Dani’s Girl, went on to score at Down Royal on Friday night.

Any market moves for the Charles Byrnes-trained English-import, Jibajaba, would have to be respected.

Successful on the flat for Richard Fahey he did, apparently, however, have a tendency to carry his head a trifle high.

Michael Grassick could certainly do with a turn and his Trikirk might be capable of winning the Cleveragh Handicap.

The seven-year-old ran one of his better races when a length second behind Enter The Indian at Leopardstown and went up just 2lbs for that.

Conker Nails gets the vote in the Connollys’ Volkswagen Sligo Handicap Hurdle. Jamie Codd’s mount went close over two miles at Tramore, beaten a head by Borouj, but was feeling the pinch, over two miles and six, when falling at the penultimate flight in the contest won by Lady’s Gesture at Limerick.


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