Kerry National – Our 1-2-3 Verdict For Wednesday’s Feature At Listowel

The Kerry National is the most valuable race run at Listowel, with €200,000 in prize money up for grabs.

The race was won by Assemble last year for trainer Joseph O’Brien – can he follow up and be the first trainer to win back-to-back renewals since Gordon Elliott (2016 + 2017).

There hasn’t been a winning favourite in the race for over a decade now, so it may pay to side with a runner further down the betting.

Find out who we’re siding with in our 1-2-3 prediction for the race ↓

1st – Gabbys Cross (10/1)

Seven year olds have won five of the last seven renewals and we’re siding with another seven year old this year – GABBYS CROSS. Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore teamed up to win this with Poker Party in 2019 and in Gabby’s Cross, they look to have a fantastic chance again this year. 

He travelled like a dream to win at Galway last time out, with Busselton unable to go with him and eventually finishing over two lengths behind the selection. The way he stayed on towards the finish suggests the extra distance here should suit, and he’s a cracking price to land this!

2nd – Busselton (8/1)

BUSSELTON chased home Gabbys Cross last time out and he looks the best option to chase him home again. He’s a model of consistency over fences and has finished runner-up in six of his eleven chase races. 

He was sent off as favourite last time out but failed to handle the challenge from Gabbys Cross. Before that, he was last seen over fences chasing home El Barra at Punchestown back in April. He was well beaten that day, but is weighted to reverse that form here. 

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him reverse form with Gabbys Cross too, but five year olds don’t have the best record in this (no winner aged younger than 7 in the last ten years), so it could be another case of finding one too good again.

3rd – Darasso (10/1)

The final place can go the way of DARASSO, who just failed to catch Hewick in the Galway Plate. The extra distance and a 4lb swing in the weights should see those placings reverse and Joseph O’Brien’s gelding can run into a place in this.

He finished comfortably clear of any other horse who raced towards the rear throughout, with the others in the top five all either racing prominently or in midfield. The third home that day, El Barra, was comfortably beaten and is only 1lb better off in this, which doesn’t look to be enough to see those placings switch. 

Joseph O’Brien won the race last year with Assemble, but he may have to settle for the two places in this, with Henry De Bromhead claiming top honours!


1st – Gabbys Cross

2nd – Busselton

3rd – Darasso

*Odds Correct At Time Of Posting – 11:25am Tuesday 20th September*