New drainage gets seal of ap­proval from Walsh

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

THE ex­ten­sive drainage works at Sligo Race­course were in the news ear­lier this year with three meet­ings hav­ing to be called off due to safety rea­sons for jock­eys and horses.

The new drainage fa­cil­i­ties were clearly work­ing on Tues­day even­ing when the North­west was se­verely bat­tered with tor­ren­tial rain and parts of the re­gion were left se­verely flooded.

Although the rain was buck­et­ing down, this didn’t im­pede on the rac­ing at Clever­agh, with pun­ters coming out to en­joy the at­mos­phere.

Also in a pos­i­tive mood was top jockey Ruby Walsh, who stormed to vic­tory in the first race in the Na­tional Hunt meet­ing. He said af­ter­ward that he was deeply im­pressed with the ter­rain at the track. Walsh was speak­ing to Johnny Ward of the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent af­ter his mount Shan­ning jus­ti­fied long- odds- on favouritism on her Ir­ish de­but in the two- mile maiden hur­dle. He said: “It’s only yield­ing out there. I’d say it’s all drain­ing into the car- park. “I’m very sur­prised at how dry it is. The old Sligo would have been a bog. “This Sligo isn’t a bog any­more, which is great. They may buy a wa­ter­ing sys­tem now!”

Rac­ing ac­tion from Clever­agh on Tues­day even­ing amid heavy rain­fall.

En­joy­ing the rac­ing even­ing.

Pun­ters at the Sligo Races.

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