Wednesday 7 December 2016

Sister Blandina primed for Connacht Oaks

Published 02/08/2016 | 19:06

Sister Blandina
Sister Blandina

The in-form Sister Blandina has plenty going for her when contesting the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Connacht Oaks Fillies Handicap at Sligo on Wednesday evening.

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Johnny Murtagh's grey has rattled off victories in Fairyhouse and Killarney which has seen her mark rocket from 60 to 81.

She should relish this extended mile-and-a-half trip and has won on soft ground at Bath, which gives her prospects of handling the forecast heavy (soft in places) going.

Top-weight Ringside Humour won on her only previous visit to this Western venue and arrives on the back of a placed effort in the valuable Guinness Handicap at Galway. She will be a tough adversary.

Beechmount Whisper could be a touch of value against the promising Alishan in the Glasshouse Hotel Handicap, as he won on heavy at Leopardstown in April. In addition, Killian Leonard takes a useful 7lb off.

Future Frontier can make his experience pay in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden, while Steelyeyed's run in Roscommon when sixth to Randall Stevens gives her claims in the Ladies Day At Sligo 4th August Nursery Handicap.

The Darcy Contract Cleaning Services Rated Race over an extended six furlongs could be at the mercy of Orangey Red after she bolted up over course and distance in May.

An Saighdiur loves a cut in the ground and looks the danger having finished runner-up at the Curragh last month.

Lee Smyth thinks highly of previous course winner My Brother, who could take some notable scalps in the Students Day 28th September Race.

After being placed in his last two outings, Banff is hard to get away from in the Rugby Race Day 16th August Handicap.

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