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Sligo races in limelight as it gets a Royal approval from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

By Frank Brownlo

Published 21/05/2015

Sport of kings: Prince Charles at Sligo races
Sport of kings: Prince Charles at Sligo races

Sligo was thrust into the limelight when Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the course as part of their four-day trip to Ireland.

The track marked the occasion by staging the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Mares Maiden Hurdle, which was won by Mollyanna, trained by Colin Bowe.

The Royal couple presented prizes to winning connections.

Mollyanna's owner Bernard Cloney said: "Camilla told me she is very interested in racing and has her own horse who ran recently.

"She knew the family of our mare and it was a very special occasion."

Bowe later doubled up on the card with Mells Theater in the Martinstown Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

Jellicle Ball failed to cut any ice in the 1000 Guineas but a drop back to Listed level can see her get back on the winning track in the Bibendum Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.

John Gosden's charge was well fancied for Classic glory at Newmarket having supplemented her Kempton juvenile win with a fine second in the Fred Darling at Newbury in April.

However, she failed to fire at all at Headquarters, breaking slowly and struggling to get back in the mix before jockey William Buick called it a day and let her ease home 12th of the 13 runners.

Given Tiggy Wiggy finished behind Jellicle Ball at Newbury but some way in front at Newmarket, it must have been disappointing for her team, although they suggested the quick ground was not ideal and it transpired she may have been in season.

Jellicle Ball steps up in trip to an extended nine furlongs here and while her sire Invincible Spirit tends to produce more speedy types, there is plenty of stamina on the dam's side which should help her see out the trip.

She still holds an in the entry in the Oaks and if she is to take up that Epsom engagement, Gosden will be looking for a good run here.

Saucy Minx can win the winnerevents.com Stakes, also at Goodwood.

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