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

Listowel host the penultimate day of their Harvest Festival meeting on Friday.

Listowel host the penultimate day of their Harvest Festival meeting on Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for day six of the Harvest Festival Meeting at Listowel.

The penultimate day of the 2019 Listowel Harvest Festival goes to post on Friday, and an eight-race card of flat and jumps racing action awaits punters at the County Kerry venue where the Goodwill Plate is the feature race of the card.

1:55 – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Fillies Maiden (2yo) 7f
2:30 – Guinness Handicap (4yo+) 7f
3:05 – Bank Of Ireland Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f
3:40 – John & Terry Moriarty Memorial Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f
4:15 – Southampton Goodwill Plate Chase (5yo+) 2m4f
4:50 – Paud, Sarah & Mary Fitzmaurice Memorial Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 3m
5:25 – John J. Galvin Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f
5:55 – Listowel Printing Works Irish EBF Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

As has been the case throughout the week, Brian Healy assesses the action at the Irish track and gives his race-by-race selections for Friday’s racecard.

1:55 – Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Fillies Maiden (2yo) 7f

IVY AVENUE (4/1, Ladbrokes) shaped well despite inexperience when finishing fourth behind Natural Power at Down Royal on her debut last month, but with that run under her belt the Ivawood filly can improve for the outing to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Jim Bolger’s charge raced green early, showing her inexperience; but she improved as the race unfolded and she finished off the contest well without ever posing a threat to the winner who looked useful.

Nevertheless, she is entitled to progress on the back of that outing, and every chance that she can go close here.

Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger can get amongst the winners on day six of the Listowel Harvest Festival

2:30 – Guinness Handicap (4yo+) 7f

CRACKING NAME (5/1, Paddy Power) stepped up on her previous few efforts to get back on the winning trail at Tipperary last month, and the Famous Name mare could be worth chancing to follow up here.

David Marnane’s charge was a three-time winner last term, scoring at Cork, Tipperary and Naas, and although runs earlier in the season were a shade underwhelming she bounced back with a bang to beat Tribal Path by just over two lengths latest.

That form is fair, and she won with some authority although the handicapper’s decision to push him up 9lbs does look harsh, and this will require a career-best effort. Nevertheless, she could be worth chancing to deliver in what looks a winnable contest, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her get firmly in the mix.

3:05 – Bank Of Ireland Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f

Gavin Cromwell has his team in good heart, and PEPPER’N SALT (9/2, William Hill) can get off the mark at the fourth attempt having shaped well on his yard debut at Tipperary last month.

The Mastercraftsman gelding was making his first start since moving from Dermot Weld, for whom he had run twice; but while no match for the eventual winner, the form was done no harm when the winner went close subsequently here on Tuesday.

The bar hasn’t been set particularly high for this contest, and he probably wouldn’t need to improve too much if at all to take a hand in the finish, and he can go close in this company for his in-form yard.

Gavin Cromwell

Gavin Cromwell has his string in good heart and can saddle another Listowel winner

3:40 – John & Terry Moriarty Memorial Handicap (3yo+) 1m4f

FORMAL ORDER (11/2, Ladbrokes) has largely been running well without getting his head in front, but Johnny Murtagh’s charge could be worth chancing to gain a first win here and get some reward for a series of consistent efforts.

Runner-up in two of his last three starts, including being beaten a head behind De Name Escapes Me at Roscommon back in June, the Iffraaj gelding bounced back from a lesser effort in a warm heat at Galway to finish just over one length behind Takarengo back at Roscommon and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here.

Just outbattled by the winner, the front pair had drawn readily clear of the rest of the field and he has been eased 1lb in the weights since so should remain competitive at the weights.

Still with the potential for better for his in-form yard, he can go close here and no surprise to see him gain a first career win.

4:15 – Southampton Goodwill Plate Chase (5yo+) 2m4f

Winning hasn’t come easy to this field of runners in recent outings, and THE WEST’S AWAKE (5/2, William Hill) gets the verdict in a trappy contest despite the small field.

Edward O’Grady’s charge boasts a relatively recent win at Punchestown back in May, but he has failed to build on that victory although he did manage to finish third of five runners behind Moon Over Germany at Ballinrobe when last seen.

He was beaten around 35 lengths on that occasion, headed five out after which his jumping rather fell apart and he weakened out of contention.

A return to this longer trip will prove no issue, and he won three times over this distance during a fruitful 2017 campaign. Softer ground is also of no concern, and he has won in the past on testing conditions.

He could be worth chancing here given his rivals also arrive mostly out of sorts, and he can go close if able to produce his best form.

4:50 – Paud, Sarah & Mary Fitzmaurice Memorial Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 3m

GOLAZO (11/8, William Hill) sets a decent standard on his near miss behind Turnpike Trip on his hurdles debut at Cork back in July, and a repeat of that could be good enough to see Willie Mullins’ charge get off the mark over timber.

The Beat Hollow gelding shaped well in a Punchestown bumper on his debut back in October, after which he struck by ten lengths with a ready defeat of Coolagh Park at Ballinrobe on his reappearance in May.

Not seen to best effect here next time, finishing fifth behind Lowtown Charlie, he made a decent first impression over hurdles despite making a few mistakes. The front pair had pulled clear of the rest, and the winner has since finished runner-up in a Listed race so the form could prove fairly useful.

He could find improvement for this additional step up in trip to three miles, and he can open his win account over hurdles now.

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins can get amongst the winners at Listowel

5:25 – John J. Galvin Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f

ELLIPSISM (8/1, Bet365) is a lightly raced sort who has shown race to race progression, and the So You Think gelding got off the mark when running out a three lengths’ winner over Monsieur Bagot at Kilbeggan earlier in the month.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge was sporting first-time cheekpieces on that occasion to add to the earlier tongue-tie he had worn the time before when finishing fourth of ten runners behind Shedding, and he appeared appreciative of the stiff test of stamina.

This drop back in distance isn’t sure to suit, while a 9lbs rise in the weights certainly demands more from him. But he could prove a progressive sort who can improve for the win, and still unexposed he could have more to offer.

5:55 – Listowel Printing Works Irish EBF Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

Unless there is something lurking amongst the newcomers then JANET’S CHARM (10/11, Paddy Power) could prove tough to beat, and the Stowaway filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.

Mags Mullins’ charge finished third on her debut at Limerick back in July, beaten around six lengths behind Flying Risk having tried to make all the running. However she could only find one pace once headed, although she did show her inexperience late.

The runner-up has won since along with one of the also-rans, and she could build on the promise she had shown in that debut outing to improve her finishing position here. On that run she sets the standard over what appears to be a relatively moderate bunch of rivals.

2019 LISTOWEL HARVEST FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY SIX SELECTIONS

1:55 – IVY AVENUE (4/1, Ladbrokes)
2:30 – CRACKING NAME (5/1, Paddy Power)
3:05 – PEPPER’N SALT (9/2, William Hill)
3:40 – FORMAL ORDER (11/2, Ladbrokes)
4:15 – THE WEST’S AWAKE (5/2, William Hill)
4:50 – GOLAZO (11/8, William Hill)
5:25 – ELLIPSISM (8/1, Bet365)
5:55 – JANET’S CHARM (10/11, Paddy Power)