Unless Bally Dun Liss is ready to make a name for herself on debut, this looks between Champagne Diva and SIENNA ROSE. The Tony Mullins-trained mare was over two lengths in front of Champagne Diva at Ballinrobe last month and, given it was only her third start, there is every reason to think more improvement is in the offing. She should be hard to beat.
ANNA BUNINA obviously has a lofty reputation given she made the trip to Cheltenham in March to contest the mares’ novices hurdle. She was outclassed there, but the way she sprinted clear to win a maiden hurdle at Cork last month suggests she is starting to show us what connections had been seeing all along. She posted an RPR of 125 there and, with Simon Torrens’ 7lb claim, she could be a tough nut to crack. Arthurian Fame and Somptueux would appear her biggest dangers.
Although THATBEATSBANAGHER only scrambled home at Tramore last month off a 24lb lower mark compared his chase rating, he is fancied to make it three wins on the bounce under useful 7lb claimer Simon Torrens. This shorter trip should pose few problems and he remains well treated over hurdles off a mark of just 99 (6lb higher than Tramore win). Most of his 11 opponents have been out of sorts of late and this looks a poor race. Nameloc is put forward for the forecast.
FRIARY ROCK (nap) bumped into a whole host of smart operators in maiden hurdles last season and, finally, he looks to have found a suitable opportunity to open his account. He is already rated 116 and should outclass this lot if fit enough to do himself justice. Royal Aide can follow him home.
Not a lot of depth here and it looks to involve two horses. Gun Merchant has been underwhelming so far over hurdles and looks like playing second fiddle to BAL DE RIO, who has been unlucky not to score yet over hurdles but has been consistent and looks to have an excellent opportunity here.
If Gone Racing got a run it would change matters but, in the absence of him, it is hard to see beyond Galway winner BUA BOY, who is 3lb well in and looks like he can only improve. Insane Bolt looks the obvious danger while Mon Storm is likely to fare better on his favourite track.
Robinnia is clearly much respected on her debut, but a decent standard is set here by the narrow Ballinrobe defeat of THE SLIDING ROCK and she does look the one to beat. Too Falutin could be the one to surprise if there is one.
The Racing Post’s tips for Sligo today
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