Thursday 21 November 2019

Sligo jumps back to action in August

HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photo: Martin Nolan
HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photo: Martin Nolan

Johnny Ward

Sligo has lost all Flat racing this year but is free to resume action over jumps.

No racing has been held in the Yeats County due to complications arising from drainage work this year. A trial day was held there yesterday when Turf Club pair Lorcan Wyer and Val O'Connell expressed satisfaction with the ground.

Due to limited availability of ground at certain sections of the track, it was recommended alterations be made to the programme so that the upcoming five fixtures are run under jumps rules.

As a result, Roscommon's August 8 card will now be an all-Flat offering. Sligo is to race on August 9, 10 and 22, as well as later on in the year.

Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien says in-foal sprinter Acapulco "will probably be retired" shortly. Connections of another star filly, Qemah, are leaning towards a repeat bid for glory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville on July 30.

Barney Roy is set to tackle Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown rather than taking up an alternative engagement in Sunday's Prix Jean Prat.

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh has welcomed the final report of the Seanad Special Select Committee, 'Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions', and its recognition of the challenges facing Irish racing.

"We take encouragement that the committee recognises, among other issues, how crucial it is that a Tripartite Agreement for free movement of thoroughbreds between Ireland, Britain and France be maintained," he said.

Meanwhile, racing returns for the first time in 2017 to the Hill of Crockafotha, the site of Bellewstown races, today. A nice mixed card along with favourable weather will encourage patrons and Aggression, the first runner in the colours of the Michael O'Callaghan Racing Club, is napped in the Indaver Ireland Handicap.

Course winner Catwilldo should be competitive for local handler Garvan Donnelly in the Inter Vintners Challenge Race Night Handicap. In-form Gavin Cromwell can take the Lougher Stables Handicap with King's Wharf.

Tipperary hosts the Grade Three Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle, a trial for the Galway Hurdle. Ivan Grozny dictated 12 months ago and can again but perhaps Rashaan will collar him late for Colin Kidd.

The Coolmore Pride Of Dubai Tipperary Stakes could go to the speedy Wolfofbaggotstreet, aiming to provide Connor King with a rare Listed win.

Fairyhouse's feature last evening, the Group Three Brownstown Stakes, went to 3/1 chance Golden Summer, which got a dream rail run under Colin Keane, enhancing Roger Varian's fine record with Irish runners.

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