Tuesday 18 December 2018

McDonogh can deliver a double for Weld

TOP DEC’: Declan McDonogh is in action in Sligo this evening. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
TOP DEC’: Declan McDonogh is in action in Sligo this evening. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Former champion jockey Declan McDonogh will be free to ride at the Irish Guineas meeting this weekend.

The Herald columnist had a five-day ban reduced to three days at an appeal yesterday morning, allowing him to defer the dates to ride this weekend where he will be in demand for Dermot Weld.

McDonogh will head west to Sligo this evening to ride for Weld, where they have a couple of strong chances providing the track doesn't get too much more rain. The situation was being monitored in Sligo following 16mm overnight on Sunday and a further 10 forecast, but the all-flat was expected to get the all-clear this morning.

McDonogh's opening two rides for his boss would look to be his best as he rides Alanannda and Luzum.

Alanannda made her debut on the night that McDonogh picked up his ban at Gowran Park and that experience is likely to bring out plenty of improvement in her. Alanannda was slowly away that time and if she breaks well tonight and gets a good early position she would look to have the class to win this.

Rivals

Luzum will have to give weight to each of his five rivals in the Printfix Ltd. Rated Race but looks capable of doing so.

Luzum was awarded a Cork maiden after Liex Excelsa was thrown out for a prohibited substance and ran well last time when making his racecourse debut. This looks a good bit of placing from Weld as the conditions of the race suit his charge and he meets most rivals on better terms than he would in a handicap.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Handicap is the most valuable on the Sligo card and this can go the way of Boom Or Bush for Harry Rogers. The four-year-old has progressed on both starts this season and this would look a drop in class from those two outings so he looks to have a solid chance.

Willie McCreery has put a visor on Thiswaycadeaux for the first time and the Fairyhouse maiden winner should relish conditions when lining up in the Sligo Races Pre-Ladies Day Launch At The Glass House Hotel 31st May Handicap.

Ger Lyons is likely to supplement his talented filly Who's Steph for the 1000 Guineas today and he can land the finale tonight with Indie Groove, who ran well first time out in Gowran Park and can oblige at the second time of asking.

SLIGO TODAY

5.50 Alanannda

6.20 Luzum

6.50 Thiswaycadeaux

7.20 Stormy Tale

7.50 Boom Or Bush

8.20 A Smooth Criminal

8.50 Indie Groove

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