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Updated: Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 13:54 | Comments

Jim Bolger's Maggie Dalton goes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap
Jim Bolger's Maggie Dalton goes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap

Fans of both codes are catered for at Roscommon with a seven-race mixed meeting on Monday evening.

Four Flat races open the card, the first of which is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (5.10), and Green Tag bids for compensation in the seven-furlong event.

The Tagula gelding passed the post in front of a promising Aidan O'Brien inmate (Mekong River) at Gowran Park last week, but the stewards decided he caused enough interference when drifting left a furlong out to reverse the placings.

Some in-form sorts contest the IFA Race Day Handicap, including Target Acquired, who arrives on the back of two gutsy victories.

Andrew Oliver's representative will need all his battling qualities again if he is to overcome the likes of the progressive Lucky Kitten, ultra-consistent Harpist and the well-treated Brown Butterfly.

The most valuable race of the night is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, in which Maggie Dalton attempts to defy top weight.

The Jim Bolger-trained four-year-old is yet to add to her Curragh maiden win in May, but her subsequent efforts suggest she will be doing so sooner rather than later.

Overland Express, on the other hand, is attempting to make it three wins in a row and a 6lb rise for his taking Down Royal success is unlikely to prevent another bold bid, while there could be plenty more to come from Dermot Weld's Tuscan Light following a comfortable maiden win.

The Murray Ambulance Service Mares Handicap Hurdle looks the pick of the three National Hunt contests.

Ourbeautifuldream continues to knock on the door over timber and deserves a change of luck, but this is a wide-open affair and getting the better of Galway runner-up Wontbelongnow and company won't be easy.

Tommy Stack's Wexford winner Tooreen Legend is an interesting hurdling recruit in the Follow Roscommon On Facebook 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle, while Sweet My Lord will be a warm order for Willie Mullins in the closing Athleague Hurdle.

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