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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Weld and Smullen seeking back-to-back wins in Listowel sixth day feature

Dermot Weld: looking to repeat last year's win
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3.50 Listowel

Guinness Handicap | 3yo and up| 1m4f| TG4/ATR

Weld out to stage a repeat 

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, who combined to win this valuable handicap with Zafayan a year ago, are represented by dual winner Dalton Highway who achieved his more recent success when scoring over 1m3f at Killarney last month.

The four - year -old has run twice since that victory and wasn't beaten far over 1m5f at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Weld said yesterday:"Dalton Highway is a solid horse and ran well last time. He's in good form and if he handles the very testing ground - he has won on soft - I'd expect him to run very well."

Veale loves it at Listowel

The versatile Ted Veale, who heads the weights, has twice won at the meeting, scoring over hurdles in 2012 and over 1m6f on the Flat two years ago.

The ten - year -old has won over hurdles and been placed over fences since proving no match for Renneti over 1m6f at the Galway festival and trainer Tony Martin said: "He's got age and strength on his side and we're quite hopeful.

"He's in good form and the ground shouldn't be a problem. He's won on testing in the past."


Elliott sweet on Ibsen

Ibsen, at the opposite end of the weights to Ted Veale, represents Gordon Elliott. He was off the track for over a year before making a successful return in a lady riders handicap at Tipperary last month.

Declan McDonogh partners the eight - year -old, a six time winner, and Elliott said yesterday: "We were very pleased with his comeback win. He came out of the race well and is in good form. We think he'll handle the ground."


Stamina doubt for Ranger

Pat Flynn is hoping the heavy ground will be loose rather than holding for Storm Ranger, the mount of Leigh Roche.

Both of the five - year -old's wins have been over shorter trips and Flynn said: "Storm Ranger is very well. He's stepping up in distance and if it's loose and not bottomless then it will help his chances of getting the extra two furlongs, "Flynn said.

 Manning on a roll

Kevin Manning, who has enjoyed a good week, starting with a Group 1 win at the Curragh on Sunday and continuing at Listowel where his wins included a Listed race success on Riven Light on Wednesday.

He partners handicap first-timer, Ringside Support, winner of a 1m2f maiden at the Curragh in July on his third start, for Jim Bolger.

4.20 Listowel 

Southampton Goodwill Chase | 5yo and up | 2m4f| TG4/ATR

Previous winners clash

Two previous winners of this conditions event - Hidden Cyclone and Kylecrue - line up for this five runner renewal.

Course specialist Kylecrue whose two wins at the meeting a year ago included this event, will be running for the third time this week having won over today's trip on Sunday before being pulled up in the Kerry National on Wednesday.

His trainer John Ryan, who is also represented by Draycott Place, said yesterday: "Three miles on heavy ground was always going to an issue for Kylecrue but he seems to have come out of the National well. The shorter trip and the smaller field will suit.

"I was surprised that Danny(Mullins) decided to ride Draycott Place instead. He's a good horse on his day and seems to be in great order, but he missed a bit of work since his last run, so we'll have to see."

Fehily on Cyclone for first time

Hidden Cyclone, who will be bidding for win number 18 of his career and his seventh over fences, won this race in 2013 and will have Noel Fehily on board for the first time.

Shark Hanlon, trainer of the 12-year-old, said: "Noel rode a winner for Hidden Cyclone's owners at Galway and he's over to ride a few for them over the next couple of days. Hopefully, Hidden Cyclone will handle the heavy ground.

"Val De Ferbet looks the one we all have to beat and Andy McNamara, who trains him, knows all about our horse having ridden him many times."

Val De Ferbet ripe for return

McNamara said:"Val De Ferbet is in great shape but might lack a bit of match practice having been off since winning a Grade 3 by 12 lengths at Cork in April. But he's well treated by the race conditions,"







If he handles the very testing ground - he has won on soft - I'd expect him to run very well
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