16:15 Sligo

SERPOLETTE is a hopeful pick to win a very ordinary maiden. She showed little on her initial three runs but ran a nice race at Bellewstown last month, when staying on well enough late on. Out of a Galileo-sired mare, she could be open to some more improvement and could turn form with Champagne Diva, who beat her 3L at Bellewstown. Champagne Diva has shown some useful form but is limited and was herself beaten 2.5L by Sienna Rose when disappointing a little at Ballinrobe last month. Sienna Rose showed big improvement then and can herself get involved, with some more progression possible for a yard which enjoyed an excellent Galway festival. Fiadhna is Andrew Kinirons' first runner as a trainer and while she showed useful form on the flat, makes her hurdles debut (under a point to point experienced rider having his first hurdles' ride) against more experienced jumpers today.
Prediction : 1st Serpolette 2nd Champagne Diva 3rd Sienna Rose

16:45 Sligo

ANNA BUNINA was a good winner of a useful maiden hurdle at Cork last month and can win this complicated handicap-type race. ANNA BUNINA doesn't have an official I.H.R.B. rating but runs from a mark of 121 here following a fine effort to win well at Cork, with the runner-up and fifth-placed horses winning subsequently. ANNA BUNINA was a capable flat filly and looks the type to do quite well over hurdles, with today's rider also claiming a very useful 7lbs. Arthurian Fame was also a capable flat performer and while he had been a little frustrating over hurdles, won nicely at Kilbeggan last month. He has his chance today but gives away plenty weight to the selection. Somptueux has more on his plate than when winning at Kilbeggan latest but his rider does claim a useful 7lbs while Scalor similarly faces a stiffer task than when also winning at Kilbeggan latest. Multiple flat winner Jon Ess finally came good over hurdles at Gowran latest (at the 14th attempt) and while he could maintain some progression now, might bump into a few too strong. Cafe Con Leche was well held at Galway on Sunday and while he does prefer an ease, has a chance on his best hurdles form.
Prediction : 1st Anna Bunina 2nd Arthurian Fame 3rd Somptueux

17:20 Sligo

THATBEATSBANAGHER can follow up his narrow recent Tramore win, despite possibly needing a slightly longer trip. A useful handicap chaser (he is now rated 117 in that sphere), he successfully reverted to hurdles at Tramore last month and while his effort was laboured, has been raised 6lbs for the win with today's rider claiming a full 7lbs, which will help matters. First reserve Loudest Whisper would be a notable runner were she to get a run, having won at Galway on Friday and is officially 2lbs well-in under her 5lbs fixed penalty. Circling Moon's hurdle rating has been falling for a full year but had plenty horses behind him at Bellewstown latest and the three-time flat winner can get involved for the placings today. Glendaars Warrior was pulled up on his first run for a year at Limerick last month and clearly needs a return to form to have any chance. Gray Duke seemed to progress a little on his third hurdles start a year ago but is best watched on reappearance and handicap debut today. Brawny's flat form in Britain was mostly over sprint trips and he was well enough held on handicap hurdle debut at Bellewstown latest.
Prediction : 1st Thatbeatsbanagher 2nd Circling Moon 3rd Glendaars Warrior

17:50 Sligo

ROYAL AIDE has a tendency to jump left in his races but could prove good enough to win this. By Galileo, he won twice on the flat for Joseph O'Brien (where he attained a rating of 85) and has shown useful enough form over hurdles subsequently. He was well held on all his maiden hurdle runs but the winners of his recent Gowran and Galway runs were both quite useful types. Mr Lombardi has his chance, having shown good progression at Cork last month. That effort, in first-time blinkers, was a big step forward for him and with more progression likely, should give the selection a race. Stablemate Friary Rock has a rating of 116 and is another with solid claims on best form but did disappoint on his most recent start at Thurles in February, when tried in a first-time tongue-tie. Coeur Aimant ran well enough on debut in a Limerick bumper 13 days ago and can get involved despite lacking jumping experience.
Prediction : 1st Royal Aide 2nd Mr Lombardi 3rd Coeur Aimant

18:20 Sligo

The 8lbs allowance for not having won a race gives NERO ROCK a good chance at the weights. His second to the useful Foveros last year was probably his best effort over hurdles so far and he also ran well when fourth to promising mare Politesse at Thurles in March. He can show the benefit of a recent run when a fair fifth at Cork. Bal De Rio has loads of placed form over flights and his fourth in a 2m Flat handicap last week at Galway was a fine effort. He's a major player, along with bumper winner Gun Merchant (first-time cheekpieces) whose two hurdle efforts in July were respectable. Malbas is a useful 12f winner on the Flat and should make a hurdler in time, but might improve for the experience on this occasion.
Prediction : 1st Nero Rock 2nd Bal De Rio 3rd Gun Merchant

18:50 Sligo

The betting market predicted a big run from BUA BOY last Thursday at the Galway Festival and the Doyen gelding duly obliged over 2m. Winning rider Denis Hogan subsequently hung up his boots to concentrate on training and quickly sends his charge into the fray again under a penalty. He hasn't fared too well when upped in trip before, but the way he finished up the hill in Ballybrit would suggest he should get the extra 4f here. Chasing Abbey has been running well at Roscommon while this is Mon Storm's track with three wins here in 2019 and, despite having risen a good bit in the ratings, he can't be ruled out under a capable 7lbs claimer. Ellie Mac was a good third last time and is a contender in this grade. Insane Bolt wasn't helped by a last-flight error when a close third at Tramore and is still on a nice mark.
Prediction : 1st Bua Boy 2nd Chasing Abbey 3rd Ellie Mac

19:20 Sligo

Patrick Mullins was on board the winner when Rambling Rose got the better of The Sliding Rock at Ballinrobe last month, and should be in a good position to know what will be required of the newcomer ROBBINIA. The dam of Willie Mullins' runner is actually a half-sister to The Sliding Rock, both out of Nicky Henderson's four-time winner Karello Bay. Gordon Elliott's mare, who finished in between a couple of subsequent maiden hurdle winners when third on debut at Punchestown, showed a good attitude in defeat the last day and sets a healthy standard. A top amateur is booked for Not May, impressive winner of a point-to-point and a good fourth over hurdles at Ballinrobe last time. She's certainly one to consider as well.
Prediction : 1st Robinnia 2nd The Sliding Rock 3rd Not May

05/08/2020 Sligo Acca