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Dawn can cast long Shadow over field and triumph at Sligo


Dawn Shadow can deliver at Sligo this afternoon Pic: Patrick McCann

Dawn Shadow can deliver at Sligo this afternoon Pic: Patrick McCann

Dawn Shadow can deliver at Sligo this afternoon Pic: Patrick McCann

Sligo's all chase card today begins with a tasty clash in the opening mares beginners chase.

Highly-rated hurdlers Bargy Lady and Dawn Shadow (1.55) are set to do battle in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners over an extended 2m1f and it is the latter that is picked to come out on top of this one.

The Willie Mullins-trained runner is probably the likely favourite here under Paul Townend but it is Dot Love's current stable star Dawn Shadow that might shade it.

Dawn Shadow was a listed winner over hurdles at the Punchestown Festival back in April and she just failed to defy top weight in a competitive hurdle during the summer.

Freshened up with a break since then, Dawn Shadow's biggest rival here might just need the experience after Bargy Lady fell over hurdles at Killarney last time out.

Dublin-based trainer Francis Casey has booked conditional jockey Conor Orr to take 7lbs off Eight Till Late (3.05) in the Frank O'Beirne Handicap Chase and the veteran could add to his previous course and distance success.

Eight Till Late hasn't ran over fences since going down by the minimum margin of a nose at Ballinrobe in May and with Orr's claiming valuable allowance the veteran can get his head in front again.

Allee Bleue (2.30) is an interesting runner for the Gordon Elliott yard in the Leo McMorrow Memorial Novice Handicap Chase.

Formerly trained by Philip Hobbs, Allee Bleue was a decent novice hurdler a few seasons ago and earned a rating of 135 in that sphere.

This will be his first start since joining Elliott but if the change of scenery has had any positive impact he will surely be competitive off a rating of 115.

Allee Bleue might form the first leg of a double for champion jockey Davy Russell.

The Cork native will again ride Boston Spray (3.40) who appeared to be just creeping into the race when falling at Ballinrobe so a clear round here can see him land the Brenda Anderson Memorial Beginners Chase.

Noel Meade sends Major Destination (4.50) out again quickly having finished third over hurdles at Navan on Sunday but with just five runners in the penultimate three mile chase and the conditions of the race to suit, this would have looked like too a good an opportunity to overlook for Meade.


1.55 Dawn Shadow

2.30 Allee Bleue

3.05 Eight Til Late

3.40 Boston Spray

4.15 Island Master

4.50 Major Destination

5.25 Open To The World