Sligo

  • 19:40 Sligo Apprentice Maiden1m 4f

  • Winner €4,830 2nd €1,120 3rd €490 4th €280
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 7.62s
  • Off time: 19:40:48
19:40 Sligo Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Double Double (FR) 3/1
2nd Black Benny (IRE) 5/2
3rd An Spailpin Fanach (USA) 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 6-2 PURPLE & YELLOW HALVED, sleeves reversed, quartered cap An Spailpin Fanach (USA) 30
5 9-7 J S Bolger R P Whelan 3/14.00
2 (1) 8 ROYAL BLUE, emerald green chevron, red cap Bitsanbobs (IRE) 18
4 9-7 A Oliver Sam James 6/17.00
3 (2) 5 YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Black Benny (IRE) 21
7 9-7 t J P Broderick D E Mullins 5/23.50
4 (6) 32-2d21 MAUVE Double Double (FR) 151
6 9-7 C O'Brien E J McNamara 3/14.00
5 (9) 2 PINK & EMERALD GREEN QUARTERED, check sleeves & cap First Impressions (IRE) 7
6 9-7 p Michael Mulvany C P Hoban 7/24.50
6 (7) 50 EMERALD GREEN, white halved sleeves, quartered cap Moonlight Fencer (IRE) 7
6 9-7 M McDonagh M A Enright (2) 33/134.00
8 (8) 30/ GREY & BLUE HALVED, crimson cap Speed Dial 672
7 9-7 P Hughes D A Parkes (4) 33/134.00
9 (3) 08 ROYAL BLUE, white panel, purple cap Cerca Trova (IRE) 16
6 9-2 P Stafford C T Keane (4) 50/151.00
10 (10) 007 Purple & white quartered, hooped sleeves, black cap Firestrike 69
4 9-2 J B McCabe L F Roche 44 66/167.00
11 (11) 8/ YELLOW, purple sash, brown sleeves, purple cap Latawa (IRE) 786
5 9-2 J B McCabe Megan Carberry (7) 66/167.00
Non runners
7 (5)042435Noble Call (IRE)49-7J J MurphyR A Doyle68

Verdict

It's rare for Jim Bolger to keep a five-year-old maiden in training so the presence of AN SPAILPIN FANACH, who is still an entire, looks significant. He was staying on late on his debut over a mile at Dundalk in December and didn't reappear until a month ago when again going on at the finish over 1m2f at Roscommon. This looks his trip and he's handed the vote over Noble Call, who has now had 15 runs without managing a victory though has gone close on several occasions. First Impressions probably needs further as he finished runner-up to the in-form Caim Hill over 2m at Limerick before scoring over 2m5f back over timber there. Useful bumper and hurdler Double Double will be having his first start under Flat rules but he's another who would prefer a longer trip. Bitsanbobs showed signs of potential on his debut at the Curragh and will have come on for the run.