Horse Racing

Sligo – Thursday 4th August

Thursday 4th August 17:00

WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Sligo on Thursday 4th August.

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Bookie Selection Best Odds Market Bet
The Grey Monty 6/16/1 Each Way
5.00 Sligo
Place BetPlace Bet
Guido Reni 9/29/2 Each Way
7.35 Sligo
Place BetPlace Bet

Date of Tips: 04/08/2022

Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (11:24 04/08/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.

The racing continues to come from some of the more obscure National Hunt tracks around Ireland at the moment as we head to a meeting from Sligo, where the weather took a turn for the worst yesterday and softened up the ground considerably. I am not sure how much that will affect this evening’s ground, but it might be worth looking at a few horses that certainly can handle some sort of ease on the surface. 

The 5.00 race is the opening race on the card and this 2m2f maiden hurdle doesn’t look like a vintage heat and could well be winnable. Gordon Elliot’s mare has to go and prove she can back up a good effort at Kilbeggan, while Via Rosa has been disappointing that she hasn’t managed to get off the mark in 10 starts to date. That leaves us with The Grey Monty, who seems to be improving with each run and this point to point winner on soft ground, should be suited by these conditions. 

She was very unruly and green on racecourse debut at Kilbeggan, before acquitting herself well enough at Wexford when finishing third. She comes back down in trip here today, which should be of no issue to her, and she should appreciate the conditions nicely. At a price of 6/1 with Bet365, she looks like a decent each way bet. 

The 7.35 race is the next port of call and this 2m4f handicap hurdle has cut up slightly due to a few non-runners and it seems like any of the remaining contenders could all win if arriving on their A game. I am going to take a chance on the bottom weight in this race, who is Guido Reni, for the Karl Thornton stable, who have Rachael Blackmore on board, which is an eye-catching booking. 

This horse is a hard horse to win with, and he often flatters to deceive ever so slightly. However, he is off a feather weight and this doesn’t look like one of the great contests, so he could perhaps get away with it. Due to his low win record, he could well be one to keep backing each way despite his price. And at 9/2 with Bet365, I am going to take that strategy, and back him each way.

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