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Edison sights set on Sligo


Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

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Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison's hurdling career hasn't taken off in the way it might have been hoped, but he ran well on his Flat debut at Bellewstown and bids to go one better in the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Maiden.

In his early days he had the class to beat Willie Mullins' Champion Bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Champagne Fever in a bumper at Fairyhouse but his progress has stalled somewhat of late.

He did finish second in his first run on the level at Bellewstown, albeit beaten a long way, and he was subsequently well backed in the Galway Hurdle but could only finish mid-division. Tony Martin will be hoping a return to the Flat can see him rekindle some enthusiasm.

However, Madam Mo has been knocking on the door with increasing force and could be hard to dislodge, while Velocity Of Sound is another promising sort in the race.

Hilltown Gal bids to go one better than on her previous visit to Sligo when she takes her place in the opening countysligoraces.com Auction Race at 4.50.

Patrick Martin's filly is the only previous winner in the race having scored at Down Royal, but will have to be on her mettle to keep recent course second Hannah's Magic at bay.

The trainer also has Celticnama in the first division of the Follow Sligo Races On Facebook Handicap, though he will have to leave all known form behind to challenge the principals, led by Vasoni.

His five-year-old has been in fine form of late, winning over course and distance three starts ago, and though Gatamalata picked up the wining thread at Dundalk recently, Timothy Doyle's charge could be hard to beat. The second division pits three recently placed horses in Beat The Bell, Have A Nice Day and Beau Satchel, with little to choose between the trio.

Leading young rider Connor King gets the leg up on Idlewild in the Official Opening Of New Development At Sligo Racecourse 20th August Apprentice Handicap.

King is 10 winners clear of nearest rival Ronan Whelan for the top apprentice prize and may find a willing partner in Idlewild, who did not miss out by much at Galway earlier this month.

Three jumps races conclude the card, with Tom Taaffe opting for the services of Ruby Walsh on Strategic Bid in the Kilcawley Construction Sligo Maiden Hurdle.