Sligo Course Guide

Racing at the current track in Sligo has taken place since 1955. Located 140km north of Galway, it is one of the most scenic tracks in Ireland, with there being wonderful mountain views from the stands. The facilities have undergone a major upgrade in recent years and it is widely considered to be one of the better country tracks for racegoers. Indeed, in May 2015 it played host to a Royal visit of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. It hosts eight fixtures of both Flat and National Hunt racing between May and October every year.

Sligo Flat RacingTimeform

A sharp, undulating, right-handed track with a circuit of just over a mile. The run to the straight of just under two furlongs is slightly uphill but it is essentially a track that suits speed horses.

Sligo is one of the trickiest tracks of them all. It is sharp with a very stiff uphill finish. It is on the turn most of the time and while there would be a natural bias in favour of those that race prominently, they can often go too fast there as a few of them are clamouring to get a good early position and they end up doing too much which they pay for up the final hill. The ground there can get particularly heavy, as the track is down in a natural bowl. It is very much a track that produces course specialists and previous form there is a big positive.

View from the saddle: Mick KinaneMick Kinane
Sligo Jumps RacingTimeform

A sharp, undulating right-handed track with a circuit of little more than a mile. There are five fences to a circuit of the chase course, which is situated on the outside of the hurdles track, with one just before the straight and one at the bottom of a slightly uphill run-in. A good position turning into the straight is vital.

Sligo is a very tricky track to ride. You never really know what to expect in terms of ground and quite similarly to Listowel, when the ground gets heavy, it is unusually testing and holding and plenty of horses just can’t get through it. It seems to be especially hard to make up ground from off the pace when the ground is testing too. I’m always happy to excuse a poor run from a horse on bad ground there. In general, it is a track that can produce a course specialist, usually a type that has pace, likes to race prominently and stays the trip well, as the finish is quite testing.

View from the saddle: Charlie SwanCharlie Swan

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Replays & Results

14:15 Irish Stallion Farms Ebf Mares Beginners Chase

(2m 1f 86y)
Dark blue & yellow quartered, striped sleeves, quartered cap (Paul & Clare Rooney Partnership)
  • Winner: Penny Jane
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney Partnership

14:45 Printfix Beginners Chase

(2m 1f 86y)
Dark blue & beige diamonds, dark blue sleeves, orange cap, dark blue star (D Furini)
  • Winner: Logical Song
  • Jockey: D E Mullins
  • Trainer: Ms M Mullins
  • Owner: D Furini

15:15 Maddens Bar & Restaurant Handicap Chase

(2m 1f 86y)
Black & white diamonds, white sleeves, white diamond on cap (Rafiki Syndicate)
  • Winner: Pumbaa
  • Jockey: Mr R P Quinlan
  • Trainer: A Slattery
  • Owner: Rafiki Syndicate

15:50 Frank O'beirne Memorial Beginners Chase

(2m 5f)
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Coeur Joyeux
  • Jockey: L P Dempsey
  • Trainer: J P Dempsey
  • Owner: John P McManus

16:25 Congratulations To Derek Fox On Winning The Aintree Grand National From Sligo Races Chase

(2m 5f)
Yellow, royal blue disc, halved sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs Anne McDonnell)
  • Winner: Some Drama
  • Jockey: D J Hand
  • Trainer: Dermot McLoughlin
  • Owner: Mrs Anne McDonnell

16:55 Leo Mcmorrow Memorial Novice Handicap Chase

(2m 5f)
Orange, grey sleeves, blue cap (Vincent Caldwell & Mrs Kathleen Caldwell)
  • Winner: Poormans Hill
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Vincent Caldwell & Mrs Kathleen Caldwell

17:30 Brenda Anderson Memorial Handicap Chase (0-109)

(3m 83y)
White & orange diamonds, white sleeves, emerald green & orange quartered cap (Miss Louise Austin)
  • Winner: Routes Choice
  • Jockey: B Browne
  • Trainer: J P Dempsey
  • Owner: Miss Louise Austin