Wednesday’s schedule of Irish horse racing action takes in one fixture at Listowel as the Harvest Festival continues. We look over the Wednesday card in Ireland and give our Listowel horse racing tips on Kerry National Day.
The Listowel Harvest Festival continues into another day on Wednesday and a cracking card awaits jumps fans at the Irish track where the Kerry National takes centre stage of the day; while leading Cheltenham Festival hope Malone Road also turns out over timber.
Seven races in all will go to post at the County Kerry track on Wednesday and we’ve looked over the day’s Irish racing action to pick out our Listowel horse racing tips on Kerry National day.
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2:10 Listowel – Remembering Tommy McGivern Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m
RUN FOR OSCAR showed some useful ability in a trio of bumpers last term, getting off the mark at the third attempt with a success at Leopardstown; Charle Byrne’s charge has subsequently scored on the level back in July and can make a winning introduction to hurdles now.
The Oscar gelding ran out a seven lengths’ winner of his bumper, beating a subsequent winner and having possibly just needed a sighter on his return from lockdown made no mistake in scoring at Killarney on the flat, beating Rocket Lad.
A break since is a slight concern but given the ability he has shown thus far in bumpers then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him involved on his first try over timber and with Cathal Landers’ 5lbs claim a bonus he looks to hold solid chances of landing a win in this discipline at the first attempt.
3:20 Listowel – Devon Inn Hotel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 3m
A point-to-point winner last May, PREMIUM PACKAGE has taken well to the hurdling game and got off the mark in this discipline with a success at Down Royal last month where the Presenting gelding ran out a five lengths’ victor over I’m So Busy.
That form has been boosted by the third winning since and Henry de Bromhead’s charge steps up in trip as he goes handicapping and there may be more in the tank with this extra distance expected to elicit some further improvement.
He won readily last time out and an opening handicap mark of 121 looks workable so every chance he can progress again to follow up that success here.
4:30 Listowel – Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase (Grade A) (4yo+) 3m
The feature race of Wednesday’s card at Listowel can go the way of SPYGLASS HILL who struck twice last term and remains lightly-raced and unexposed as a chaser.
Henry de Bromhead thought the Morozov gelding good enough to contest a Grade Three novices’ contest at Naas back in January where he was a faller despite holding every chance and he quickly recovered from that mishap to win readily at Gowran Park on his final start of the campaign.
Sent to Galway to contest the Galway Plate on his reappearance he was pulled up there but not before travelling well in the contest prior to making a race-ending mistake halfway and jockey Rachel Blackmore didn’t persevere with him.
He’ll be sharper with that under his belt although possibly may just need another run to put him spot on having failed to complete; but he looks capable of taking another forward step and if his jumping holds up in a competitive renewal of this big prize then he could post a bold bid for success.
5:05 Listowel – Brandon Hotel Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m6f
STACKS MOUNTAIN showed some useful form over hurdles last summer, winning twice with successes at Tipperary and Punchestown, and the Black Sam Bellamy gelding also finished a very good third at Leopardstown over the Christmas period in a valuable handicap behind Treacysenniscorthy.
Back from a break he has had two chase starts to date, unseating his rider at Roscommon but showing the benefit of experience of the larger obstacles when posting a useful third to Anything Will Do at Killarney last month and Henry de Bromhead’s charge can improve again.
That latest form has been boosted with the fourth winning since, while the winner found only one too good here a few days ago. There’s likely better to come from him as he gains further experience and this better ground holds no fears so he can post a big effort in what looks a open and competitive affair.