New drainage gets seal of approval from Walsh
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.