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This is a cracking race to kick-off a seven-race programme at Sligo and I like DONTHAVETIME, the charge of Jessica Harrington. The booking of Paul Townend in the saddle is a real eye-catcher, after this horse went very close at Navan back in June. She was only beaten by half-a-length by Lady Lingo that day.
That doesn’t tell the full story though, as Donthavetime made mistakes the third and second last obstacles, and also over-jumped the last. She also had to be switched on the run in and yet, only narrowly failed to claim victory. Paul Townend shouldn’t make those kinds of mistakes here as he takes over from Niall Redmond.
This novice hurdle takes place over 2m 2f, and John Patrick Ryan has three of the seven runners in the field. You could give at least two of those runners a squeak of winning this one. But, I’m going to side with THE LITTLE YANK. This horse ran a huge race in a valuable affair at Galway just about a week ago.
He makes a quick reappearance here after only being beaten by 5-and-a-half lengths that day. He also has Shane Fitzgerald in the saddle, who takes off a tidy 7lbs. Ferida is the Ryan entrant of note, who also ran at Galway last time out. Don’t be surprised if he goes well too.
This is a handicap hurdle, where General Moriviere is sure to be all the rage. This is a horse that has been knocking at the door lately for Shane Broderick and Mark Walsh. Indeed, he was only touched off by a head at Wexford last time out. But, I’m going to take a chance on KITTY GALORE in this one.
She was only beaten by a short head in Kilbeggan back in the middle of July and appeared in big field in a competitive handicap at Galway at the end of last month. She was beaten by 9-and-a-half lengths there after jumping to the right early doors. She ended up dropped towards the rear and if you are out the back at Ballybrit, you are not getting into the race. However, she should be more than capable of doing her stuff in Sligo and John Patrick Ryan’s mare rates as a decent each-way prospect.
This as a maiden hurdle contest over 3m 1f and I’m going to tip Colin Bowe’s JOHN ADAMS. This horse has been ignored in the betting ring on his two starts, finishing second at Kilbeggan and Wexford on those occasions. Last time out he was clear, but he fluent over four or five of his hurdles. However, after being headed he stayed on and was only beaten by just over a length.
Toni Quail is yet to ride a winner under Rules, but this could be the day for her to break that duck. The big key to John Adams winning this race is his jumping and he just needs to be nippy over the hurdles. No other horse in this contest may get a look in if he does that.
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