Charlie McCreevy in the money at Sligo with Flic Flac
FORMER Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy last night made a rewarding trip to Sligo, where he saw Flic Flac land the fillies handicap in the colours of his wife Noeleen.
A well-supported 3/1 second favourite, the Dermot Weld-trained mare got the better of outsider Jesmond Lodge at the furlong pole, before staying on well for Pat Smullen to beat Almosthaditall by three-parts of a length.
Weld and Smullen were expected to complete a double with Truthwillsetufree in the conditions race, but the 8/13 favourite had no answer to Queen Of Alba. Thomas Cleary's charge sailed past the front-running Smoker approaching the home turn and Queen Of Alba was always finding plenty for Ronan Whelan, who was riding his first winner since riding out his claim.
Willie McCreery's string have been in great form of late and the Kildare handler was again on the mark with Ohh Lala in the opening juvenile maiden. The 5/2 favourite had run well on her previous outing at Fairyhouse and Leigh Roche's mount maintained her improvement by getting the better of Spirit Of Wedza inside the final furlong.
Pat Downey's Three Bells benefited from a decline in its handicap mark to run out a convincing winner of the extended six furlong handicap.
Pat Flynn's Waydownsouth was the highest-rated horse in the card's claiming contest and punters duly took notice, backing him into 4/7 favourite.
The seven-year-old had to be rousted along early on by Danny Grant, but responded generously before galloping two and a half lengths clear of Burnt Sienna at the finish.
The Audi Sligo Apprentice saw another success for youngster Katherine O'Brien, who guided Joanna Morgan's Calle Aneto to a neck victory from Dancingwithangels.