Sligo

  • 19:40 Martin Reilly Motors Mini Dealer Sligo Apprentice Maiden1m 4f

  • Winner €5,175 2nd €1,200 3rd €525 4th €300
  • Going: Good, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 2.78s
  • Off time: 19:40:44
19:40 Sligo Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Zafarqand (IRE) 9/10
2nd Back Off Mate (IRE) 16/1
3rd Courageous Cry (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (12) 3 WHITE, cyclamen sash, cyclamen cap, white hoop Back Off Mate (IRE) 20
5 9-7 A L T Moore S H James 16/117.00
2 (1) 230-253 ROYAL BLUE, white stars, grey cap Benash (IRE) 4
9 9-7 John G Carr C T Keane 80 6/17.00
3 (10) 0/3640- BLACK, red epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, red star Calgacus (IRE) 255
4 9-7 J P Shanahan L F Roche 77 6/17.00
5 (9) 00/87 Red, dark green cross sashes, dark green cap, red star Courageous Cry (IRE) 7
5 9-7 T Doyle S B Kelly 68 25/126.00
6 (7) 053-f09 YELLOW, royal blue stars on sleeves, yellow cap Softboiledsergeant (IRE) 70
6 9-7 J E Kiely L P Dempsey (4) 25/126.00
7 (5) 644623 BLACK, red spots, black cap, white spots Zafarqand (IRE) 13
5 9-7 P O Brady C R King (2) 83 9/101.90
8 (2) 043503 Red & yellow check Catchy Lass (IRE) 26
4 9-2 t A Mulholland I J Brennan 68 20/121.00
9 (6) 000050 RED & WHITE HALVED, quartered cap Gooey (IRE) 4
5 9-2 t1 Mrs S Dawson S A Gray (2) 45 80/181.00
10 (11) 2-3 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Miss Ekaterina (IRE) 121
4 9-2 h J S Bolger R P Whelan 4/15.00
11 (3) MAROON, light green chevron, maroon cap Noshameinmygame (IRE)
5 9-2 M Halford C P Hoban 25/126.00
Non runners
4 (8)40Celtic Monarch (IRE)49-7M M McNiffM M Monaghan
12 (4)39Summer Star (IRE)59-2T M WalshR Dawson

Verdict

ZAFARQAND deserves to win a race and this looks his chance. Just beaten by Kingdom over this trip at Fairyhouse, he found 1m6f on yielding ground just taxing his stamina when run out of it at Leopardstown and everything points to him losing his maiden tag here. Benash, a winning bumper and hurdler, ran very well in a Galway handicap last week and if repeating will prove a threat but Miss Ekaterina hasn't been seen since April and could just need the run before going into handicaps. Back Off Mate may prove best of the remainder.