Small fields and very moderate horses is the less than exciting fare on offer at Sligo this afternoon.
Noel Meade’s Tom Horn gets the nap in the two and a half mile four-runner Foleys’ Bar And Off Licence Chase.
He is a long way removed from being bombproof, but has a wealth of experience relative to his three rivals.
Tom Horn was last in action at the Galway festival 61 days ago when seventh of 15 finishers behind Aranhill Chief in a competitive two miles and six handicap chase. He didn’t perform at all badly then and this is a lot easier.
Jim Dreaper’s Sizing Solution gets the nod in the IT Sligo Student Day At Sligo Races Rated Novice Chase.
The six-year-old was a little disappointing at Listowel last time when a well beaten third behind the impressive all-the-way winner, Thomond, and Time Please.
He does not, however, shape like a thorough stayer, previous evidence would indicate that is the case, and should now be suited to dropping down three furlongs in trip.
If Elsie puts her best foot forward then she should prove hard to beat in the Irish Stallion Farm’ EBF Mares’ Beginners Chase.
Not the most reliable, she was last seen at Killarney in August, second behind the well-backed Christy Roche-trained Royal Flight, and, hopefully, can now build on that.
Shark Hanlon’s It’s All An Act, outclassed when runner-up behind the smart Blacklough at Listowel, gets the vote in a woeful Frank O’Beirne Memorial Beginners Chase.
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