Sligo Racecourse is situated in the northwest of Ireland, nestled just a couple of miles from the Atlantic coast. The racecourse itself is based in Cleveragh, just one kilometre outside of the city and both flat and jumps racing are hosted here. Usually between eight and ten race meetings take place throughout the year. The closest airport is Ireland West Airport which is only 45 minutes away by car. Racing has taken place here since 1955 and there are stunning mountain views surrounding this beautiful track. The fields may not be of high quality, but the racing is always extremely competitive and it is a track where big priced outsiders winning is commonplace.
Sligo Betting Tips
It is not too often that you find good solid ground on racedays at Sligo. Horses with stamina in the pedigree tend to do well as it takes a bit of getting. This is a sharp right-handed track measuring a mile in circumference. It is an undulating course with a slight uphill finish. Front runners often do extremely well at Sligo races and it can be very difficult to come from the rear to win due to the sharpness of the bends. This track is widely known to be a “graveyard” for favourites due to its testing nature. Many elements have to come together for a horse to win at Sligo; a good track position, good low draw and not going for home too soon due to the extremely long run in.
As with the jumps course, it is a track that is fundamentally sharp in nature given that it is only just over a mile round and the bends are sharp. The uphill finish however can negate that. 7f is the shortest trip in use with 10f and 12f the other two distances. Those who get their fractions right on the sharp end reap rewards with the hill punishing those who misjudge the pace.
Sligo Draw Bias
Draw bias at Sligo has a big impact on our betting tips. There is a definite advantage to being drawn low, especially over the shorter trips. The sharp nature of the track means that if a horse is caught wide, ground will be lost at every bend. Low drawn front runners also tend to do very well as not only do they get the rail, but they also steal lengths at each sharp bend. This can make all the difference turning in to the home straight.
Sligo Betting Trends
On the flat, look for front runners with a decent draw that prefer cut in the ground. A jockey to follow at Sligo races is Billy Lee who has ridden 11 winners from 39 rides on the flat over the last five years. This has resulted in an incredible profit of +£62.28 to level £1 stakes.
Sligo Feature Races
- Connacht Oaks Fillies’ Handicap (1m 4f 110y)