Bittersweet double success for local trainer at Sligo Races

Strandhill trainer Mark McEniff saddled both winners of the main feature races at Tuesday evening’s Sligo Races meeting.

He watched the 13/2 shot Adimelo, with Sligo’s 2017 Grand National-winning jockey Derek Fox aboard, win the Francie ‘Banger’ Burns Memorial Handicap – and then saw the 5/2 favourite Pump Road, ridden by Seán O’Keeffe, win the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap.

That double came just a short while after another of McEniff’s horses, Celtic Monarch, fell three from home in the fourth race, which resulted in the gelding being put down.

Mark spoke to Ocean FM Sport after an evening of mixed emotions:

Sligo jockey Derek Fox rode Adimelo to victory in the feature race. He spoke to Austin O’Callaghan after the win:

There was confusion earlier in the evening when the opening race started nearly five minutes earlier than scheduled. ‘Caer’ trained by Noel Meade crossed the line in front at around the same time as the race should have actually started, prompting a stewards inquiry into whether the horse should keep the race – or whether it should be declared null and void. The result was eventually allowed to stand.