Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sligo set to race again if trial day goes well

Call Me Grumpy, with Silvestre De Sousa up, winning at Sandown, where the Brazilian had a 969/1 five-timer. Photo: Getty
Call Me Grumpy, with Silvestre De Sousa up, winning at Sandown, where the Brazilian had a 969/1 five-timer. Photo: Getty

Johnny Ward

The rather beleaguered Sligo racecourse is to resume its action next month, after the Turf Club gave the ground a tentative thumbs-up at the Connacht venue.

No racing has taken place due to problems arising from drainage issues at Sligo this year. Turf Club representatives visited it recently and, according to a press release yesterday, were satisfied that the track surface "was progressing well and displaying significant improvement from their previous visit on May 10.

"The officials are cautiously optimistic the fixture on July 16 will proceed, subject to a successful trial day of horses galloping on the track in early July."

There was a notable ante-post move yesterday ahead of Royal Ascot, with September generally cut from 8/1 into 5/2 for the Chesham Stakes, though it takes very little money for such a drastic cut to be deemed necessary nowadays.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly, like stablemate Clemmie, is also a possible for the Albany Stakes, the betting for which is headed by the Jessica Harrington-trained Alpha Centauri.

With yesterday's news that Penhill is set to miss the Ascot Stakes, stablemate Thomas Hobson has been backed into 6/1 to win the race.

Meanwhile, Silvestre de Sousa continued his magnificent run of form by riding a 969/1 five-timer at Sandown yesterday. He then headed to Goodwood, where he added to his tally aboard Brian Meehan's 8/1 shot I'vegotthepower in the one-mile handicap.

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