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While she wouldn’t have caught all-the-way winner Faith Du Val, Jessica Harrington’s charge looked to be in the process of taking second spot from Hophornbeam over course and distance last time out, only to crumple on landing at the last. Ciaran Murphy’s mare re-opposes here, and for all that she’s consistent will more than likely see Donthavetime make amends here. The selection very nearly got off the mark at the first time of asking over hurdles, going close at Navan in June, so clearly has a future over hurdles and looks the one to beat in the opener.


A combination of his own jumping errors and being hampered by those of others didn’t help Dermot McLoughlin’s charge put his best foot forward on his third outing at Galway. Nevertheless, his mid-pack finish saw him clock a third-straight Racing Post Rating of 111, a figure that should see him in the mix here. The gelding’s previous two runs were much better, finishing in the frame at Listowel and Down Royal, finishing behind the likes of 121-rated The Little Yank and Mars Rover, who’s rated 116. A couple of these might look more obvious on paper, but the 6yo shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.

Tick Along

Few of these are in particularly sparkling form, so are hard to make much of a case for, but Tom McCourt’s mare is doing as her name suggests and ticking along nicely this season. Returning to the smaller obstacles, she has clocked two solid enough outings over hurdles, building on a sixth placed finish at Downpatrick by getting to within 2½l of the winner at Cork. The handicapper has nudged her up a pound but she’s only a 7yo and might still have more in the locker. She stays further so this extra furlong should hold no barriers for her.

Junior Rattler

Although he was a winner over 2m at Naas  earlier in the campaign it looked as though a drop in trip was against him when the race unfolded a bit too quickly for him at Cork last time. That being said, he did well to keep going for fourth, and will surely appreciate this step back up to the trip that saw him victorious at Punchestown two starts back. That victory in County Kildare came at the expense of Nodoubtaboutit who was a subsequent winner at the Galway Festival, with the pair well cleared of the rest. He’s got a career high mark to navigate here, but having recorded a Racing Post Rating of 127 at Punchestown, he’s clearly got a performance like that in him.

About Sligo Racecourse

Another of Ireland’s picturesque racing jewels, racing has taken place on the current Sligo course for over 60 years, with racing in the area going back over 300 years. In more recent times, the venue has been well developed with a new grandstand and jockey changing facilities installed in 2015.

On the track, Sligo hosts eight meetings in total, mixing being flat and jumps from May to September. The course boasts a fairly short straight, so the ability to get into a position before turning for home is vital.

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