Listen Dear makes perfect start over fences
Listen Dear made a sparkling start to her career over fences in the Connacht Tribune Beginners Chase at Ballinrobe.
Ruby Walsh was keen to lead on the Willie Mullins-trained 5-6 favourite and soon established a clear advantage.
Mick Thonic closed the gap to a couple of lengths three out, but Walsh let out an inch of rein and Listen Dear, who has a Grade Three victory over timber under her belt, went away again to record a 20-length success from Lucky Pat.
Walsh said of the Supreme Racing Club-owned winner: "She did it well, she jumped super for a first-timer and she had the class.
"She had class on form, and she showed that again today. She had schooled well at home and she is a is a winning point-to-pointer, which obviously helps.
"I don't know where she'll go now, it's up to Willie."
Earlier on the card, Rachael Blackmore was in good form as she steered The Black Russian home in the John Mulhern Handicap Hurdle.
The 7-1 chance was bounced out in front by Blackmore, who was able to dictate terms to suit herself.
The pack closed in on the long run to the final flight but Blackmore had kept something up her sleeve, and the ten-year-old bounded away again to cross the line with seven lengths in hand of Runyon Rattler.
In the opener, Lord Justice made up for failing to win at last week's Listowel Harvest Festival by claiming the Sponsors Day At Ballinrobe 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.
Once again the money came for Joseph O'Brien's juvenile but those who took the 6-4 were made to sweat when he was challenged by stablemate Zig Zag, and there was only a short head in it at the line.
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