Race of the Day - 15:35 Sligo
The Sligo course is riding heavy today so it is going to be a slog, and with just the six runners in this two mile one furlong handicap chase, it will be intriguing to see what sort of pace they go off at.
Draycott Place had been running consistently without winning before unseating last time out, and he has and a trainer and jockey who are both in great current form.
Trainer Statistics is a report that is free to everybody on Wednesdays and it shows that Colin Bowe has an exceptional record when taking his horses to Sligo. He has had just the twenty runners here over the past five years, however from this he has managed to get 8 winners (40%) for a win P/L of 24.58 to level stakes. He runs Pumbaa here today and he is definitely worth a closer look given his trainers stats at this course.
The Instant Expert tab shows that despite his trainers excellent record here, Pumbaa has never raced at the course before. However, he has a win record of three from six on today's heavy going, with the rest of the field winless from 25 runs.
Apart from this, there is not too much to get excited about on this tab, although both The Black Russian and Ballyfinboy have won here at Sligo previously.
The Pace tab is interesting as it shows that all six of the runners here like to be extremely handy during their races. With this being the case, the pace could be fairly generous in spite of the conditions, and if it is, I think this could play nicely into the hands of Pumbaa, who is proven on today's heavy going.
Either way, I am sure that Pumbaa will be at the head of affairs early on, and try to make all of the running. He has employed this tactic successfully in previous races on heavy going, and has also won over further than today's 17 furlongs, meaning stamina shouldn't be a problem. Therefore, it is with some confidence that I think Pumbaa will take this, and although a price of 3/1 is on the skinny side, it represents some value to me.
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