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2019 Listowel Harvest Festival tips - Race-by-race selections for day three of the Irish autumn highlight

Brian Healy 10 Sep 2019
Noel Meade can saddle a winner on the day three Harvest Festival racecard at Listowel.

Brian Healy looks ahead to the day three racecard for Listowel's Harvest Festival meeting and he gives his race-by-race selections for a seven-race jumps card at the County Kerry track.

It is day three of the Listowel Harvest Festival meeting on Tuesday, and an all-jumps racing fixture awaits punters at the County Kerry venue where the feature race of the day is the Lartigue Hurdle which goes to post as the fourth race of the afternoon at 3.35pm.

2:05 - Jet O'Carroll Memorial Irish EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

2:35 - Connolly's RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

3:05 - Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m

3:35 - Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade B) (4yo) 2m

4:05 - Listowel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f

4:40 - John F. McGuire Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m1f

5:15 - Kerry Petroleum Flat Race (4yo) 2m

In all, seven races will head to post as the Irish racing autumn feature fixture continues, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Wednesday’s racecard.

2:05 - Jet O'Carroll Memorial Irish EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f


GLINT IN HER EYE (12/1, Coral) rounded off her time with her previous handler with a Killarney bumper win, and now the Presenting mare has joined Noel Meade she could find some further improvement now switching to hurdles.

She didn’t show a great deal in a trio of previous outings prior to that success, but she found some progress to strike by a head over Celine Soprano where she looked a tricky customer wandering under pressure and possibly still needing the experience.

However, she could have more to offer now her attentions are switched to obstacles, and this perhaps isn’t the strongest of introductions to the jumping game so she could make her presence felt here.

2:35 - Connolly's RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m


WEIHNACHTS (9/2, Ladbrokes) found only one too good on his return to action following nearly four months off the track at Roscommon last month, and Philip Rothwell’s charge could be worth chancing to build on that return.

The Beat Hollow gelding remains a maiden after seven starts, but that last outing was arguably his best yet despite being beaten the thick end of fifteen lengths. That was over two and a half miles, and the trip in the soft ground may just have stretched his stamina on that occasion, and dropping back two miles here he could do better.

Better ground could also help, and he was beaten only a short-head behind Rakhine State in similar conditions over this trip at Clonmel back in February. But he remains relatively unexposed still, and while he may be seen to better effect when sent handicapping he could go close here.

3:05 - Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m


THECRAICISNINETY (7/1, William Hill) had been in good form over fences prior to pulling up back over hurdles at Bellewstown latest, but all may not have been well with Padraig Roche’s charge.

The Presenting gelding was a hurdles winner last July at Ballinrobe, beating Zaofu, after he bounced back from a poor subsequent effort at Kilbeggan to get off the mark over fences at Sligo in September.

He had been holding his form well in the wake of that success, making the frame in all four subsequent outings over the larger obstacles prior to his last disappointment back over hurdles when last seen behind Pass Hymn.

A subsequent break ought to have freshened him up and hopefully sees him over whatever ailed him on that occasion, and he could be worth chancing to bounce back here under a 4lbs claimer where it is perhaps too soon to write him off just yet.



3:35 - Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade B) (4yo) 2m


GARDENS OF BABYLON (6/1, William Hill) was disappointing in the Galway Hurdle last month, but Joseph O’Brien’s charge is given another chance and the Camelot gelding can do better.

He had been a largely consistent sort prior to that effort where he beat only a handful of rivals home; but he had excuses as he was badly hampered mid-race and lost his place where he was never able to recover. 

Not given a hard time in the wake of that effort, he turns out here in a slightly easier contest where a good 7lbs claimer eases his burden at the weights, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to post a much better effort.

Last season’s Triumph Hurdle third also made the frame in a Grade Two at Fairyhouse subsequent before winning at Punchestown in May, and with cheekpieces tried now over blinkers he could prove a tough nut to crack.

4:05 - Listowel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f


PEACHES AND CREAM (7/2, William Hill) has won two of his last three starts, the latter of which came on his latest outing when beating Licklighter at Clonmel five days ago.

Gavin Cromwell’s Salutino gelding had also won at Downpatrick in July, and he finished fifth under a penalty in a start inbetween those successes at Killarney. He wasn’t seen to best effect, and three of the first four home in that race have won since along with two others who finished behind the selection.

He has a 5lbs penalty to contend with here as he bids to follow up again, but his claiming rider can utilise his full 7lbs claim here which will help and with the yard in good heart he can strike again quickly back up in trip.


4:40 - John F. McGuire Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m1f


SAYO (4/5, Bet365) probably needed his reappearance following a lengthy absence where he was set a stiff task in the Galway Hurdle, and perhaps understandably Willie Mullins’ charge failed to fire on that occasion.

A Naas hurdles winner back in January 2018, the five-year old had finished third behind Farclas in that season’s Triumph Hurdle prior to his long hiatus, and he has to be of interest for his powerful yard now he turns his attentions to chasing.

He had been a useful sort in France on the flat, and he could well improve for the switch to the larger obstacles where he should strip much fitter for that reappearance in what was ultimately a very tough return.

This looks a pretty moderate contest for his chase debut and he could be up to the task of striking a win on his first attempt over fences.

5:15 - Kerry Petroleum Flat Race (4yo) 2m


HARRISON LINE (9/2, Paddy Power) offered something to work with when finishing third on his debut at Killarney last month, and with that experience under his belt John Kiely’s charge can open his account at the second attempt.

The Shantou gelding was beaten four lengths behind Bentham on that occasion, racing keenly throughout and possibly just failing to get home as a result. 

But he’ll have learned plenty from that first run and if he can settle better this time around then he probably wouldn’t need to find much - if any - improvement to get off the mark at the second attempt and he is chanced to do so.


2019 LISTOWEL HARVEST FESTIVAL MEETING - DAY THREE SELECTIONS


2:05 - GLINT IN HER EYE (12/1, Coral)

2:35 - WEIHNACHTS (9/2, Ladbrokes)

3:05 - THECRAICISNINETY ( 7/1, William Hill)

3:35 - GARDENS OF BABYLON (6/1, William Hill)

4:05 - PEACHES AND CREAM (7/2, William Hill)

4:40 - SAYO (4/5, Bet365)

5:15 - HARRISON LINE (9/2, Paddy Power)

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2019 Listowel Harvest Festival tips - Race-by-race selections for day three of the Irish autumn highlight

Brian Healy looks ahead to the day three racecard for Listowel's Harvest Festival meeting and he gives his race-by-race selections for a seven-race jumps card at the County Kerry track.

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