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Big Challenge

This ex-Godolphin runner is interesting on his first start for James McCauley. Despite being a 7yo, this son of Sea The Stars has only had nine runs under rules. He’s clearly had his issues, but that also means he’s still to some degree unexposed and if his new handler can breathe some new life into him, he could go well here. Last seen in January 2020 finishing a good sixth at Meydan, he’s got some form in the book that suggests he could be well treated off a mark of 85 and has a good claimer on board. Having been off the track for a good while, he may well come on for the run but this looks like a winnable contest in the meantime.

Even Flow

Shahaada shaped like she needed an extra furlong at Dundalk and on that basis Even Flow is the selection here. She’s ran well on her last two starts at this trip, just going down a neck last time at Listowel. She showed plenty of early pace that day and we can expect her to be ridden handily once more here. The summer ground could bring out a bit of improvement and she gets plenty of weight from many of her rivals here. Nathan Crosse is on board and claims 5lb, so she’ll carry a flyweight 8-7 here and if getting on the front end could be difficult to peg back.

Herb Of Grace

Herb Of Grace can go well here. She looked as though she just didn’t have the speed for 5f in a decent handicap at the Curragh last time. Prior to that she scooted up over this course and distance on her seasonal bow. The handicapper reacted with a whopping 22lb raise, but she looks a much improved horse for another winter under her belt and a mark of 70 still looks feasible. Gary Carroll, who guided her to victory that day is back on board. The yard has a good record at this track, boasting a 27% strike rate over the last five years.

King's View

Patrick McKenna’s 4yo has slid down to a basement rating of 46 and so must be in and around a competitive mark now. He ran well over this course and distance last time out, just losing second late on and the handicapper has alleviated 5lb following that performance. Sorcha Woods has been recruited for her 10lb claim, so this one will carry just 8st here and that could make all the difference. Bregagh ran well at Fairyhouse last time and is respected but would probably prefer slower ground here.

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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