Bolger duo are fancied collect at Sligo
Jim Bolger's lorries will head west to Sligo with a runner aboard for each of the scheduled seven races.
A case of sorts could be made for every one of the septet, but his representatives in the first and last races might be his very best chances.
In the 10-furlong three-year-olds' maiden that brings proceedings to a close, the Coolcullen wizard relies on Novis Adventus. A son of New Approach, Ronan Whelan's mount showed some ability when fourth in deep ground on his Curragh reappearance. That was his third start, and he improved to be just run out of it by Radanpour at Tipperary last time.
If Novis Adventus makes similar progress now, he sets a pretty solid standard in this, with the re-opposing Xebec among those to have finished behind him at Tipperary. John Oxx's charge disappointed a little when third at Cork next time, but he has the scope to improve yet.
Bolger relies on Countess Constance in the opener, a six-furlong contest for Classic generation fillies. Kevin Prendergast's Natural Woman, twice a runner-up, is another with a serious life in this. However, she is dropping back in trip from a mile, whereas Countess Constance shaped encouragingly when second over this trip at the Curragh. Granted, she had to be chased along early, but she motored home when she found her feet. She will be better for the experience, and, if she breaks well from a decent draw, she could take a bit of stopping.
In the three-year-olds' handicap that follows over the same distance, Dot Love's Not A Bad Oul Day is 10lbs higher for his taking win at Gowran Park. That makes life tougher, so preference is for Pat Martin's No Way Jack.
Placed over this trip in the autumn, No Way Jack finished with real purpose to be fifth over seven furlongs when he reappeared at Gowran three weeks ago. He is in off the same mark now, so he is expected to have a big say under Niall McCullagh, who has the benefit of an inside draw here.
Prendergast and Chris Hayes can take the €11,500 Guinness Handicap with Acid. The Clodovil filly must concede nine pounds to Bolger's Ring Presence, which won't be easy, based on a line through Pullman Brown, which beat Ring Presence a length at Tipperary when conceding six pounds but was beaten half-a-length by Acid when conceding two pounds at Navan.
There won't be much between them, but Acid appeals as a progressive filly that might just be up to the job.
In the 12-furlong conditions race, Dermot Weld's Edelpour is the one to beat on the back of his determined success at Gowran, but a chance is taken here on Harold Peto. Ken Condon's three-year-old looked a cracking prospect when winning at Navan in October, so it will be fascinating to see if he can deliver here for Shane Foley.
The day's nap vote goes to Vasoni in the six-furlong handicap that she was sixth in off a mark of 70 last year.
A previous course winner off marks of 57 and 65, Tim Doyle's mare is in off 60 now, having run really well to be fourth at Navan last time. With Tom Madden taking another seven pounds off her back, she has lots going for her from stall two.