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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Highland seeking second Listowel fling in final-day feature

Dermot Weld is looking for a big run from Dabulena in Gowran Park's Group 3 feature
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A predominantly jumps-based card brings the curtain down on Listowel's seven-day festival, while Gowran Park's Flat meeting features the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes . . .

Fling switches to hurdles

Highland Fling, successful in a 1m6f handicap over the course on Thursday, will be chasing a second win at the Listowel festival in the MJ Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle (3.25), the most valuable event on the final day of the seven-day marathon in north Kerry.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained five-year-old, the mount of Ger Fox, has won twice over hurdles and has shown his ability to handle testing conditions.

He faces nine rivals in the 2m4f event and Cromwell said: "Such a quick return probably isn't ideal but he seems fine since the race on Thursday when he handled the ground well. It's a good pot and we decided to let him take his chance."

3.25 Listowel card

Shark keen on Camlann

Four-time hurdles winner Camlann, with Noel Fehily on board, heads the weights in the MJ Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle (3.25) and the six-year-old's trainer Shark Hanlon said: "He's got plenty of weight but he's in really good form. He ran a few times at the Galway festival and I was happy with him. He goes on the ground and I think he'll take all the beating."

The last-time winners in the line-up are the Austin Leahy-trained Getoutwhenyoucan, successful at Ballinrobe last month, and Lakemilan, a five-length winner of a maiden hurdle at Cork.

Terence O'Brien, trainer of Lakemilan, said: "She's in good form for her first handicap. Hopefully she'll run up to her mark and the ground shouldn't be a problem. She's shown that she handles it."

Full Listowel racecards

Dabulena on hat-trick after break

Back from a long break, Dabulena is on a hat-trick in the Gowran Park feature, the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes (4.20).

Dermot Weld, who last won the event with Brooch three years ago, said of the Aga Khan-owned filly: "She's been very consistent, finishing second on her first two starts before winning her next two.

"She's had a good summer break and is in good form. The ground shouldn't be a problem for her as we think she's very adaptable. I expect her to run a very good race."

Bumbasina, who represents Willie McCreery, ran second in the Listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney last month. "She's in very good form and, although she's drawn wide, I think she'll run a good race. She'll like the ground."

4.20 Gowran Park card

Hayes rides British raider

Martyn Meade has booked Chris Hayes for Wilamina in the Gowran feature and she will be attempting to become the first British-trained winner of the race since Mango Diva scored for Sir Michael Stoute in 2013.

Prior to finishing in rear in a Group 1 in France on her most recent start, Wilamina ran second in a Group 2 event at the Curragh in July in which Laganore, a rival again here, finished third.

Alluringly, a course-and-distance winner at Listed level, is visored for the first time and is one of three runners for Aidan O'Brien, who is also represented by another Listed winner in Key To My Heart and Pocketfullofdreams.

Full Gowran Park racecards

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Such a quick return probably isn't ideal but he seems fine since the race on Thursday. It's a good pot and we decided to let him take his chance
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