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Saturday 17 November 2018

Listen Dear ready to upset the odds

Paul Townend. Photo: Sportsfile
Paul Townend. Photo: Sportsfile

Listen Dear isn't the highest rated of the runners in the Hollymount Nursing Home Chase but she looks good enough to land the spoils.

The Willie Mullins-trained mare meets Jessica Harrington's Don't Touch It on worse terms than she would in a handicap but Listen Dear has been in better form of late.

Listen Dear won his beginners ch ase here by 20-lengths and should add to that course and distance success.

Ruby Walsh is still on the sidelines after taking a fall at Killarney on Saturday so Paul Townend deputises and can team up with Mullins for another winner on Bang Bang Rosie in the mares beginners chase.

The six-year-old is the only mare in the 2m7f contest and despite only winning twice in nine starts on the track she is a consistent sort who ran to a decent level over hurdles.

Limerick publican Flan Costello has only had just over 30 runners in the last year but he could end his drought without a winner when sending out Masterstonemason.

The four-year-old was his most recent winner last September when winning a juvenile hurdler.

Although it is something of a leap of faith to side with him on his handicap debut after not running for 314 days, there is no doubt that Masterstonemason has the pick of the form on offer in the Eamon Sheridan Groundworks Handicap Hurdle.

Rachael Blackmore rides the selection who looked a big price when chalked up at 20/1 last night.

Irish Grand National winning trainer James Motherway fits a tongue-tie on Goodnightngodbless for the first time today and that could help the filly bounce back to winning ways.

A winner at a big price earlier in the summer at Tipperary, the JP McManus-owned runner was fourth next time out at Roscommon in what was a higher grade than this.

So she looks capable of making her mark again as she drops back to the lowest grade for this 80-95 rated race.

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