Bolger's Ringside Humour can have last laugh on Sligo rivals
Having put Moonlight Magic's below-par display in Saturday's Irish Derby down to the colt not seeing out the trip on the ground, Jim Bolger looks set for success at a more mundane level at Sligo this evening.
Bolger's Godolphin-owned son of Cape Cross finished sixth to Harzand at the Curragh, an improvement on his Epsom run behind Dermot Weld's star three-year-old, and a return to ten furlongs is on the cards.
Tonight's feature at Sligo is over a similar trip and Bolger carries high hopes with Ringside Humour, which bids to follow up her Curragh win on Sunday.
Amazingly, that victory came just 48 hours after a disappointing run at the same venue - when eighth to Avenante - so it's unlikely the quick turnaround will be a problem for her.
Last year's Galway Festival winner Benkei is an obvious danger, but apart from showing little in two outings this season, Harry Rogers' top-weight would prefer for a longer trip and a bigger threat may come from Andy Oliver's I'll Be Your Clown, which boasts an 100pc record at this venue from two outings.
Rogers has better prospects in the apprentice handicap with Cheval Rouge, which is something of a course specialist having won here three times. The eight-year-old ran a race full of promise when seventh of 16 behind Palmones at Naas last week and also has the assistance of the in-form Ana O'Brien.
The opening claimer looks a chance for Specific Gravity to return to winning ways. The Aido McGuinness-trained veteran renews rivalry with The Ice Meister, whom he finished just behind at Down Royal, but these conditions should suit him better.
Magnification looks the best bet on the card in the auction maiden, having finished in front of Royal Ascot winner Churchill on his debut at the Curragh.