Regresa secures Whelan double
Promising apprentice Ronan Whelan completed a double at Sligo last night when steering Regresa A Mi to a hard-fought win in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Maiden.
Paul McEnery's charge got the better of both Donatis Comet and Melodie D'Amour for a narrow win.
Whelan had earlier struck aboard Brian Nolan's Perfect Goddess in the opening auction maiden
The featured Connacht Oaks saw a 1-2 for John Oxx as Cape Of Good Grace, under Niall McCullagh, stayed on strongly to edge out stablemate Sceal Nua by just over a length.
Oxx's stable jockey Johnny Murtagh moved to within four winners of jockeys' championship leader Pat Smullen (49-45) with a win on his first trip to Sligo since 2006 on board Eddie Lynam's Iron Major.
Reigning Tour of Poland champion Daniel Martin has moved up to fourth place in general classification after finishing second in yesterday's fourth stage.
The 24-year-old Garmin rider was prominent in the tough finale and crossed the line three seconds behind the Slovenian victor Peter Sagan, who takes over the yellow jersey.
Sagan is five seconds clear of Marcel Marcato with Martin a further two seconds back with three stages left.
International Kells Road Race organisers expect over 30,000 spectators at next year's motorcycling event as the circuit's length will be doubled to over four miles.
This year's winner Cameron Donald praised the new track extension and believes it will draw big stars to the Meath race.
"The layout is quite unique and it will attract many famous riders. There is a huge amount of potential for the race," said Donald.
Kells Motorcycle Club began planning the track's extension three years ago.
They are working with local authorities to resurface and improve the circuit.