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Monday 16 September 2019

Dawn Raider looks to be on sound ground here

Up and over: Dawn Raider looks like a good choice at Sligo this evening
Up and over: Dawn Raider looks like a good choice at Sligo this evening

Just the nine runners go to post for the feature Francie 'Banger' Burns Memorial Handicap Hurdle and DAWN RAIDER (7.15, Sligo) is a tentative choice for Pat Kelly.

Dawn Raider has often threatened to win a nice prize and this could be an overdue success for the seven-year-old, who has the addition of Paul Cawley claiming 7lb off from his top weight of 11st 8lb.

Dawn Raider failed to land a blow on either attempt at the Galway Festival but did manage to take a share of the prize money on his first appearance of the week.

The ground may have just gone for him the second day and a return to a sounder surface today will be a big plus.

Willie Mullins sends a few runners west this evening and BRONAGH'S BELLE (5.15, Sligo) is the pick in the opening BetVictor Bet 5 Get 40 Offer Mares Maiden Hurdle.The Flat recruit was placed on her two most recent starts, having won at Leopardstown last June, and while it his her first start of the year, horses don't lack for a run from those quarters.

Mullins can add to that with VALLEY BREEZE (6.15, Sligo) in the Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Maiden Hurdle for owner Luke McMahon with his son Aubrey booked to do the steering.

Mullins may have his backers in the finale too as Patrick rides the newcomer Jazzaway, but the experience of Gavin Cromwell's DAKOTA BEAT (8.15, Sligo) is expected to come in handy here.

The selection was second on debut at Roscommon and should go one better here.

SLIGO TODAY

5.15 Bronagh's Belle

5.45 Imperial Choice

6.15 Valley Breeze

6.45 Walking On Glass

7.15 Dawn Raider

7.45 Pump Road

8.15 Dakota Beat

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