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

Jessica Harrington can saddle a Listowel winner on day two of the Harvest Festival meeting.

Jessica Harrington can saddle a Listowel winner on day two of the Harvest Festival meeting.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across the second day racecard at the Listowel Harvest Festival meeting.

The second day of the Listowel Harvest Festival meeting goes to post on Monday, and day two features an all-flat racing card which includes Listed action in the shape of the Listowel Stakes, while there is also Premier Handicap action on the card.

2:20 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6½f
2:50 – Feale Handicap (3yo+ 45-65) 6½f
3:25 – Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m1f
3:55 – www.listowelraces.ie Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m4f
4:25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery Handicap (Premier Handicap) (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m
4:55 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m
5:25 – Follow Listowel Races On Twitter Maiden (3yo+) 7f

Brian Healy takes a look at the second day racecard for the Irish autumn feature festival, and he gives his race-by-race selections for all the action on Monday at the County Kerry track.

2:20 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6½f

JUNGLE COVE (4/6, Paddy Power) could prove a tough nut to crack back down in class, and Jessica Harrington’s charge can get off the mark at the sixth attempt.

The Mastercraftsman colt made the frame in successive outings at the Curragh over seven furlongs after which he was pitched into the Group Two Futurity Stakes where he finished sixth behind Armory.

He reversed the form with Iberia on that occasion, who had beaten him previously at the Curragh by just under one length, and that race has thrown up subsequent winners. This doesn’t look quite so taxing an affair as he’s taken in recently, and if the slower ground doesn’t prove a hindrance then he can open his win account.

Shane Foley

Shane Foley can get day two of Listowel off to a winning start

2:50 – Feale Handicap (3yo+ 45-65) 6½f

It has been a while since COUNT OF CARABASS (11/2, Coral) last tasted victory, and the Ad Valorem gelding is on the wrong end of a fifteen-run losing streak since his last success at Cork last May.

Hilary McLoughlin’s charge however hinted that his return to the winners’ enclosure may not be too far off when denied behind Chagall at Cork latest, beaten just over one length, and a repeat of that effort might be good enough here.

A dual course and distance winner, he is 3lbs higher here than at Cork, and he could give another good account as he bids to win this race for a second time having struck in 2017 from 2lbs higher mark.

The deteriorating ground won’t prove an issue, and no surprise if he were to get competitive here.

3:25 – Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m1f

UP HELLY AA (5/1, William Hill) can get back on the scoresheet having found only the useful Mohawk too strong in the Group Three Meld Stakes back in July, and Bill McCreery’s charge is chanced to go close here.

The Galileo colt stepped up on a promising debut runner-up effort at Cork to open his account at the second attempt with a win at Gowran Park where he beat Globe Theatre impressively by almost five lengths. Then beaten only two lengths at Leopardstown, he may just have been given too much to do behind Aidan O’Brien’s charge who has since run with credit at Saratoga.

This is slightly easier, and he could have further improvement to come on the back of that latest run which could arguably set the standard, and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet in this Listed contest.

Billy Lee

Billy Lee can ride a winner at Listowel

3:55 – www.listowelraces.ie Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m4f

RED GERRY (4/1, Paddy Power) found a jolt of improvement when fitted with blinkers for the first time, running out a ready winner over Rayounpour at Tipperary last month, and Noel Meade’s charge can follow up here.

The Canford Cliffs charge appeared suited by this distance having finished third on his only previous attempt at the yardage at Galway in July, and he could have more to offer having got his head in front.

That win came in a maiden, and the handicapper has hit him with a 7lbs rise which will demand more; but the manner of that last success suggests there may be further improvement in the locker, and if the headgear has the same positive effect on this occasion then he can follow up.

He has run his two best races to date over this trip, and he is chanced to strike again.

4:25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery Handicap (Premier Handicap) (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

FRANKLIN STREET (9/2, William Hill) was attempting to give 4lbs to the reopposing Yulong Voice when the pair clashed at Bellewstown twelve days ago, and although the latter came out on top on that occasion it could be worth chancing the No Nay Never colt to gain revenge this time around.

Joseph O’Brien’s charge was beaten less than one length on that occasion which was his first try at this trip, and he meets his conquerer here on 4lbs better terms so could well turn the tables on Jessica Harrington’s charge with the potential for better to come over this longer trip.

This is his handicap debut, and an opening mark of 79 could underestimate his scope for improvement; it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a big effort, and he can get off the mark now where he gets plenty of weight from the standard-setting Emperor Of The Sun.

4:55 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m

ENGLES ROCK (15/2, William Hill) scored her sole career win to date at this venue, and Mark Michael McNiff’s charge could get back on the scoresheet here.

The Excelebration filly finished runner-up to Hermosa in a manden last July, and although she hasn’t progressed as hoped in the wake of that effort she did run out a neck winner over Meryems Way on her return from a short break at this track in June.

She then went close at Gowran Park when upped in trip behind Olympic Honour where she was beaten only a half-length, and she has run better than the bare result might otherwise suggest in back-to-back runs at Galway, latterly finishing just over two lengths’ runner-up behind Tauran Shaman when finishing fourth.

Subsequently dropped 1lb in the weights, she could go close returned to this venue with the trip and ground no problem.

Ger Lyons

Ger Lyons can get amongst the winners on day two of Listowel

5:25 – Follow Listowel Races On Twitter Maiden (3yo+) 7f

MERRICOURT (5/2, Ladbrokes) can round off day two of Listowel with a first career success, and Ger Lyons’ charge ought to go close here.

His fifth-placed effort at Leopardstown back in April represents some decent form; but the Mizzen Mast gelding showed his best form to date when returning from four months off the track to finish third in a big field contest back at that venue last month where he was beaten five lengths behind Silk Forest and faring best of those drawn low.

Although no match for the winner, he has since seen the runner-up go on to score next time to boost the form, and he remains open to improvement now he has had a recent run which should have put him straight.

He has softer ground to contend with, but if he can handle the more testing conditions then he looks to hold solid claims and no surprise to see him going close in a relatively moderate closing contest.


2:20 – JUNGLE COVE (4/6, Paddy Power)
2:50 – COUNT OF CARABASS (11/2, Coral)
3:25 – UP HELLY AA (5/1, William Hill)
3:55 – RED GERRY (4/1 Paddy Power)
4:25 – FRANKLIN STREET (9/2, William Hill)
4:55 – ENGLES ROCK (15/2, William Hill)
5:25 – MERRICOURT (5/2, Ladbrokes)