Listowel tips for Wednesday – Best bets for today’s Irish racing action
Listowel tips for Wednesday 22 September
The Listowel Harvest Festival continues into another day and the Irish racing fixture has again drawn the attention of our tipping team who have picked out their Listowel tips for Wednesday.
Another day of racing heads to post in Ireland on Wednesday where the Listowel Harvest Festival continues and the day’s fixture sees racing go back over the sticks with the feature race being the competitive Kerry National which goes to post at 4.25pm on the eight-race card.
Our tipping team has been in good form over the course of the past few days at the Irish venue and turn their attentions to the day’s jumps racecard where they have picked out their Listowel tips for Wednesday and best bets on the card.
LISTOWEL TIPS FOR WEDNESDAY – BEST BETS FOR TODAY’S IRISH RACING FIXTURE OVER THE STICKS
2:10 Listowel – McSweeney Brothers Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (5yo+) 2m
DIXIE FLYER produced a useful effort to win a Down Royal bumper last December when trained by Stuart Crawford prior to joining Henry De Bromhead and the Westerner gelding shaped well on his hurdles debut at Killarney in May where he finished third behind Edison Kent.
He might have needed that experience having made a couple of mistakes and he can do better here with that run under his belt.
The drop back in trip doesn’t look an obvious move given his pedigree, but he is likely to progress over hurdles and ought to do better now he’s had experience and assuming another absence inbetween runs doesn’t prove a negative then he could go close here.
2:45 Listowel – Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
FAROUT could be hard to beat and the Dark Angel gelding can register another win to his record.
Willie Mullins’ charge has looked potentially smart in reeling off a brace of wins at Cork and Galway latterly where he beat Tax For Max by three lengths and returning from a short break can continue his upward curve.
A winner on the flat in France prior to joining this yard he had been thrown into a Grade Three contest on debut for Closutton but he’s shown since that faith in his ability to be justified and he’s likely to have further improvement to come.
The horse he beat last time is no mug and he gave that one 7lbs and a beating so with further progress expected following a couple of months off the track he ought to prove a tough nut to crack.
4:25 Listowel – Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase (Grade A) (4yo+) 3m
As usual in these contests JP McManus is well-represented and it might be worth giving another chance to TOP MOON who had won at Wexford in July before blundering away his chance in the Galway Plate and eventually finished twelfth of the 22 runners who went to post in that competitive contest.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge had been smart over hurdles with two wins and made an appearance at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival; he’s since proven very useful over fences although he has struggled to get his head in front despite tackling some competitive contests.
He was value for his defeat of Somptueux at Wexford in July and has been given a break following Galway so could bounce back here fitted with cheekpieces and trying three miles. His sole start at this distance and beyond came in the Irish Grand National back in April but he could be worth chancing nonetheless to do better and he made the frame on his only other start here.
5:00 Listowel – Brandon Hotel Beginners Chase (4yo+) 2m6f
Jessica Harrington’s runners at this meeting have done little wrong and PORT STANLEY can continue the yard’s red hot form here with a return to winning ways.
The Papal Bull gelding was a hurdles winner at Naas last February and while he’s still chasing a first chase success he has made the frame in six of his seven starts over the larger obstacles, most recently when finishing third to the smart Asterion Forlonges at Punchestown in April.
Previous efforts has seen him clash with the likes of Easywork, Energumene and Front View and on those pieces of form allied with what he’s achieved more recently he certainly has the form in the book to feature in this race and the booking of Paul Townend for the Harrington runner is a big plus.
He probably wouldn’t need to improve too much on his efforts to date and no surprise to see him heavily involved again at the business end where he can make the breakthrough over fences with a first win in this sphere.