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Listowel Racing Tips: Filey Bay can finally bag big prize

County Hurdle finish
Filey Bay (green and gold jacket, white cap) ran a cracker when third in the County Hurdle

Timeform's Tony McFadden highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Listowel on Friday.

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Listowel Nap - 14:05 - Back Filey Bay

Filey Bay has performed creditably in some of the most competitive handicaps in the calendar this year and is worth siding with here.

He was denied by only an extremely tough rival in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and then ran at least as well to finish third in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, doing well to get as close as he did after making a couple of significant errors.

He again shaped well when fifth in the Galway Hurdle, coming from further back than ideal, and he looks fairly treated off the same mark as at Galway, particularly as he's still relatively lightly raced for Emmet Mullins and retains the potential to do better.

He failed to beat a rival on the Flat at Tipperary last time but it's easy to overlook that effort over an inadequate trip, and he had stylishly landed a two-mile maiden on the level at Tramore prior to that.

Back Filey Bay @ 5.69/2 on the Betfair Exchange

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Listowel Next Best - 15:50 - Back Midnight It Is

It's taken Midnight It Is time to get to grips with chasing but the recent signs have been more encouraging and he was a bit unlucky not to finish closer when third at Wexford last time as he was shuffled back on the turn when trying to make headway.

The level of ability he showed when bolting up in a maiden hurdle at Limerick in March of last year suggests a chase mark of 104 could be very lenient if able to translate his ability over fences, and he's worth a chance to build on the promise of his Wexford effort.

The good form of the Gavin Cromwell yard is also in his favour and the trainer has already had four winners at Listowel this week.

Back Midnight It Is @ 7/18.00 on the Betfair Sportsbook

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Listowel Each-way - 14:40 - Back Heart of Rome

Heart of Rome didn't make much of an impact in maidens or on his handicap debut at Limerick, but he showed much improved form to finish third at Down Royal a few weeks ago.

That was also Heart of Rome's first attempt at three miles and this lightly-raced four-year-old remains with untapped potential as a staying hurdler.

He ought to launch another bold bid after edging up just 1 lb since his encouraging effort at Down Royal.

Back Heart of Rome each-way @ 5/16.00 on the Betfair Sportsbook

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