Galway Festival: Expect a Stroke of genius from Dermot Weld
Following a record haul at the Galway Festival, Dermot Weld will look to continue his excellent form at Sligo today, where his promising three-year-old Stroke Of Love lines up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap.
She impressed on her debut when staying on in eye-catching fashion to deny a subsequent winner, Dance On By, over 10 furlongs at Down Royal. That experience won't have been lost on her and she could be well treated on her handicap bow in the most valuable race on the card.
Dainty is among her rivals and is likely to be a popular choice, having won over today's distance earlier in the summer, while Sugar Baby Love is entitled to be in the firing line again.
Thats A Fret aims to make it three wins from his latest four starts in the Foley's Bar & Off Licence Handicap.
The Liam McAteer-trained gelding has really found top gear and although he only got home by a neck at The Curragh on his latest outing, the front two pulled well clear and it would be no surprise to see his upward curve continue.
He faces stiff competition from the likes of Cape Vale, which was only beaten a length when fourth off the same mark at The Curragh last time, and Daffodil Walk, which won't mind the cut in the ground.
Action gets under way at 6pm with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden, in which Weld's Catalpa Sail is sure to be a warm order after filling the runner-up berth on his last three starts.