FORMER UK based trainer, Anthony Mulholland, trained his first winner in Ireland which 25/1 outsider, Polish Partisan, landed the Follow Sligo on Twitter INH flat race at Sligo on Sunday.
Despite the counter-attraction of TV coverage of the Connacht Championship final, the meeting, which was a designated family day, attracted a massive crowd with the day's aggregate up from the corresponding fixture last year at €66,742.
It was a particularly memorable day for Mulholland who has fifteen horses in training but was waiting for his first winner before Sunday.
'I used to train in Thirsk and I had a couple of winners at York. This is my second year in Ireland and this is my first winner', he said.
Punters got the day off to a grat start when the 11/4 favourite, Liberty's Gift, won the opening Family Day at Sligo Maiden hurdle. The winner was trained by Paul Flynn and ridden by Mick Darcy.
The winning trainer said he wasn't sure where Liberty's Gift would run next but hinted that the opening day of the Galway festival was a possibility.
Mount Colah, ridden by Mr N McParlan and trained by J G Cosgrove, won the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Novice at odds of 5/2. The winner will now go for the winners' novice hurdle on the second day of the Galway festival.
Trainer, Pat Martin, has a good record at Sligo and he was back in the winners' enclosure when Our Nana Rose won the Guinness Handicap Hurdel. Ridden by M P Butler, the winner was returned at 5/1 joint favourite.
Ruby Walsh had a number of fancied runners but his only winner came aboard the 4/9 favourite, Zuka, in the Irish Stallion Farms EB (Mares) Maiden Hurdle. The winner was trained by WP Mullins.
The Ladies Day at Sligo Handicap Hurdle (Div 1) was won in good style by Frankie Flowers, trained by Philip Fenton, and ridden by B T O'Connell.
It was returned at 100/30 favourite. The Division 2 race went to 9/1 shot Harangue. Trained by J J Hanlon, the winner was given a perfect ride by Danny Mullins.
Another winning favourite was the Gordon Elliott trained, Bondage, which won the Sligo on Facebook Opportunity Handicap Hurdle at odds of 7/4.