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Saturday 21 September 2019

Art of America shines in Sligo

SLIGO RUN: Cruella Dovil (l) is tipped to win at Sligo. Photo.carolinenorris.ie
SLIGO RUN: Cruella Dovil (l) is tipped to win at Sligo. Photo.carolinenorris.ie

With the backing of Ger Lyons and the ability to get on some good spare rides, Colin Keane will always find himself in the mix now to be champion jockey.

The 2017 winner lost his crown to Donnacha O'Brien last year and while O'Brien's ammunition comes solely from two trainers, those two just happen to be his father Aidan and brother Joseph who will naturally send out enough winners to give O'Brien a good assault on a second title.

The rider is currently sitting his trainers licence too with a view to the future but given the weights he has been doing this year and the big winners available to him, there is no doubt that he'll stay in the saddle as long as possible and it could make for another interesting tussle in the months down the line.

Today the main chat will be about the Irish Guineas with the latest forfeit for the 2,000 and 1,000 at the Curragh out later, but in the meantime Colin Keane heads to Sligo for three rides on their eight race card.

The best of those rides appears to be the Noel Meade-trained ART OF AMERICA (7.30, Sligo) in the Martin Reilly Mazda Handicap.

The four-year-old improved ran very well on his first flat start of the year after a few goes in maiden hurdles and he looks off a winnable mark on the level still.

Tom Hogan is without a winner for a while but his horses are running well and HONOR OAK (6.00, Sligo) can claim the Kilcawley Construction Handicap if none the worse for running on Friday.

Declan McDonogh enjoyed a fine week just gone and FANNY BLANKERS (6.30, Sligo) is one that could continue his run.

The concluding maiden might take some winning but A WAVE OF THE SEA (8.30, Sligo) is the pick.

SLIGO TODAY

5.00 T For Tango

5.30 Cruella Dovil

6.00 Honor Oak

6.30 Fanny Blankers

7.00 Libras Power

7.30 Art Of America

8.00 The Names Jock

8.30 A Wave Of The Sea

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