Sligo tips on Wednesday – Today’s Irish racing best bets

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Sligo tips on Wednesday

More Irish horse racing action goes to post with action on the flat and we’ve picked out our Sligo tips on Wednesday.

We have just one meeting taking place in Ireland on Wednesday where a seven-race card awaits punters on the flat.

The Connacht Oaks is the feature race of the day on a competitive racecard and we’ve picked out our Sligo tips on Wednesday following a winning NAP on Tuesday.


1:45 Sligo – Keash Hill Handicap (3yo 45-65) 1m2f

TEN TEN TWENTY has hit the crossbar in his last couple of runs and the Vadamos colt can gain some reward for those near misses by getting off the mark here.

John Joseph Murphy’s charge showed improvement faced with this trip for the first time at Cork two starts ago, beaten just over one length by Supreme Machine where he also wore cheekpieces and while he was no match for the winner he did pull four lengths clear of the third who has won since to give the form a boost.

He latterly finished a closer runner-up at Galway at the beginning of the month, just touched off by a half-length behind Church Mountain and the return to this longer distance can see him go one better with a repeat of that performance from the same mark.

2:17 Sligo – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Connacht Oaks Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m2f

SO I TOLD YOU is 2-2 over this course and distance and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can follow up her latest victory at Gowran Park last month which saw her bounce back from a lesser effort at Royal Ascot in the Kensington Palace Stakes.

The Gleneagles filly had won twice here in May, latterly by five lengths and she most recently struck by one length from Alazenya under this rider where she had a furlong less to travel than today’s distance.

Back up in trip and racing off the same mark back in handicap company she can go well at this venue where she’s undefeated and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.

2:52 Sligo – Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden (IRE Incentive Race) (2yo) 5½f

SHOEBOX KING has shaped with promise on all three starts and the Aclaim colt can get off the mark at the fourth attempt.

Kevin Coleman’s charge built on a decent introduction when finding only one too good at Fairyhouse in June when denied only by a half-length at a big price and he latterly finished third back there last month behind Hapipi Go Lucky where he was two lengths’ adrift.

That form looks solid given he wasn’t beaten far behind Ultramarine who has since finished third in the valuable Ballyhane at Naas – the front two both contested that race – and this slightly lesser trip should hold any fears so another big run wouldn’t come as a shock.

3:27 Sligo – Knocknarea Nursery Handicap (2yo) 5½f

Lightly-raced BENEVOLENT could do better now her attentions are switched to handicaps and Jessica Harrington’s charge can make the breakthrough here.

The Oasis Dream filly has raced three times to date, not troubling the judge on any of those occasions although none were devoid of promise and she arguably turned in her best effort yet faced with a longer trip last time out at Naas.

It could be argued on that evidence that this slightly sharper test may not play to her strengths then, but the handicapper looks to have given her a decent chance of a first win with a mark of 65 on her handicap debut which could underestimate her.

Assuming this sharper test doesn’t prove a negative then she could go close here in what looks an open race.