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Nick Mitchell has his fingers crossed The Listener can roll back the years with a big run in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The 12-year-old grey has made several successful forays across the Irish Sea over several seasons, winning this race in 2008 as well as the Lexus and the other Grade Ones at Down Royal and Punchestown.

He made a satisfying return after 13 months out with a leg injury when fifth to Pandorama in the Lexus over this course and distance last month and has pleased his trainer in the build-up to a fourth crack at this race.

"I was very happy three years ago when he won this race, but very annoyed when Beef Or Salmon mugged him on the line the year before," Mitchell told At The Races.

"He loves Leopardstown and we're looking forward to going back over there.

"Everybody was delighted with him on his comeback run. He was coming back from that leg injury and the fact he showed his old exuberance and, if anything, he was a little too exuberant.

"The main thing is he came back and his leg was clean. He hasn't missed a beat since and it`s fingers crossed.

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"For the majority of the race last time he really looked to be really enjoying himself and still has that enthusiasm."


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