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Ask Vic appears to be some way ahead of the assessor after laughing at her opponents in the M.J. Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle at Listowel.

Willie Mullins' mare had competed just three times over jumps heading into this supposedly competitive affair but was backed down to 5-2 favourite.

Paul Townend crept closer on the inside rounding the turn, before switching her to the centre of the track, and she quickened impressively after the last to defeat Curragh Golan by a length and a half, with plenty apparently left in the tank.

Townend said: "She did it well and she's improving. She was plenty keen throughout the race with me so I allowed her to get her second breath turning in.

"We got in a bit of trouble turning in and they got a couple of lengths on me.

"When I switched out and got a clear run she winged the last and picked up smartly.

"Hopefully she'll stay improving."

Me And Ben (8-1) took the prize for the Clieveragh Handicap Chase back across the Irish Sea to Fergal O'Brien's Gloucestershire base.

The mare was burdened with 11st 12lb, but 3lb of that was taken off by Conor Shoemark, who brought her to challenge at the penultimate obstacle and she stayed on willingly to see off Please Talk by three and a quarter lengths.

Valours Minion (5/1) is in rare form at the grand old age of 11 and made it three wins from his last four appearances in the Charlie Chute Memorial Handicap Chase.

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