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Dibella can exploit weight advantage to score for Nolan

The Paul Nolan-trained Dibella can take advantage of a hefty four-year-old allowance to justify the nap selection at Sligo this evening.

Last year's Roscommon Flat winner broke her duck over hurdles at Navan in March, before finishing third in a Grade Three at Fairyhouse. Tonight's mares' handicap represents Dibella's first tilt in this sort of contest, but she is aided by the fact that she receives 9lbs in respect of her age.

In addition to Michael Doran's 7lb claim, that is a substantial concession.

In the penultimate two-mile handicap hurdle, Golan Guy will also take plenty beating under Ruby Walsh.

Time Machine and Quartz Debilleron bring placed form into this, with the latter unexposed seven-year-old probably the more appealing of those two.

Nonetheless, Golan Guy has generally been consistent, and finally got off the mark over flights in a maiden at Down Royal three weeks ago.

The handicapper has left Tony Martin's charge on the same mark of 102 that he had run well off in handicaps previously, so he ought to be up to winning again now.

Just before that, Shady Pines is fancied in the maiden hurdle for James Halpin and Tom Doyle.

The four-year-old Luddenmore has been running well of late, but Shady Pines, which is a year older, is in receipt of 5lbs from that one.

Rematch is another to keep on side in the bumper. A sister to Ninetieth Minute, she shaped well when third at the course on her debut.

Irish Independent