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

Listowel hosts the final day of their Harvest Festival meeting on Saturday.

Listowel hosts the final day of their Harvest Festival meeting on Saturday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the final day of horse racing action at the Listowel Harvest Festival.

The final day of the week-long Listowel Harvest Festival meeting goes to post on Saturday, and a closing eight-race jumps fixture awaits punters where the feature race of the afternoon is the Shanahan Power Handicap Chase over three miles.

1:45 – John Lynch Memorial Maiden Hurdle (4yo) 2m
2:20 – Gas Networks Ireland Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m
2:55 – Doctor Bob Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f
3:25 – M.J. Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f
4:00 – Allman Contracts Ltd. Mares Novice Chase (4yo+) 2m4f
4:35 – Charlie Chute Memorial Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m1f
5:10 – Shanahan Power (Q.R.) Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m
5:40 – Brendan Daly Memorial Slan Abhaile (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

Brian Healy assesses the final day racecard at the County Kerry venue where he gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s action in Ireland.

1:45 – John Lynch Memorial Maiden Hurdle (4yo) 2m

WINNER TAKES ITALL (11/10, Ladbrokes) could prove the answer here, and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can build on a promising debut third at Galway back in July where the Nathaniel gelding finished just two lengths’ third behind Lethal Steps.

Fairly useful in two starts on the flat previously, she showed some aptitude for this game although possibly just needed the experience given he made a couple of late mistakes at the business end.

However, likely to know more this time around with that run under his belt, he can step up on that promising debut to get off the mark at the second attempt over hurdles.

Joseph OBrien

Joseph OBrien can saddle a Listowel winner on the final day of the Harvest Festival meeting

2:20 – Gas Networks Ireland Novice Hurdle (4yo+) 2m

QUARTZ DU RHEU (8/11, William Hill) bolted up on his hurdles debut for Willie Mullins at Tramore last month, and the Konig Turf gelding could prove hard to beat with the promise of better to come.

Fourth in a Listed hurdle in France for Guy Cherel, he had seven lengths to spare at the line from Cocohulababy, overcoming a couple of sloppy jumps mid race to run out a convincing winner and he can only learn from that experience.

He looked a potentially smart prospect in that first run, and given that it was his first run in eleven months then he should be a lot sharper now so every chance he can progress on that effort to follow up in a stronger contest than the one he took in on his debut.

2:55 – Doctor Bob Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f

OUR JERRY (11/2, Paddy Power) comes into this race on the back of a last-time win, and the Jeremy gelding can follow up with a repeat of that effort where he struck at Stratford back in June.

Evanna McCutcheon’s charge had also won at Cork back in March, and his latest success where he routed Chilli Romance by eleven lengths was a career-best effort. That runner-up hasn’t done the form any real harm with four consecutive runner-up efforts since that defeat, and he is actually 1lb lower in this contest where he makes his return from three months off the track.

He looks one to keep onside, and a repeat of that Stratford run could be good enough to see him strike again.

3:25 – M.J. Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle (5yo+) 2m4f

BAY HILL (9/2, Ladbrokes) has a good record at this venue, and Padraig Roche’s charge can register another success here.

The Verglas gelding arrives in search of a hat-trick of wins having struck over fences at Wexford in June with a defeat of Jan Maat, and then following up after a spin on the flat to beat Quantatmental at Bellewstown last month where he had three lengths to spare.

He has two wins and two third-placed efforts to his name in four starts at this venue, both on the flat and over hurdles, and while the handicapper has hit him with an 8lbs rise in the weights following that latest win, he could still have more to offer.

For all this is more competitive than recent outings he has contested, he can continue to find progress and no surprise to see him going in again.

4:00 – Allman Contracts Ltd. Mares Novice Chase (4yo+) 2m4f

HUMM BABY (9/4, William Hill) won three times over hurdles, including here last September when beating the useful Demi Plie, and Michael Hourigan’s charge made a winning start over fences at Kilbeggan last month with a defeat of Make My Heart Fly.

The Mahler mare struck by three lengths, keeping on well and appearing to win a shade readily in the end; the runner-up has since won at Kilbeggan and the form could prove useful in the context of this race.

She could improve for that initial experience of the larger obstacles, and there is every chance that she can follow up here.

2-2 at this venue over this distance, she is thoroughly unexposed as a chaser, and if she were to run up to something close to her hurdles mark then she could take plenty of beating on her second outing over fences.

Michael Hourigan

Michael Hourigan can saddle a winner at Listowel on Saturday

4:35 – Charlie Chute Memorial Handicap Chase (4yo+) 2m1f

ACT IN TIME (7/2, Coral) battled well to make a return to winning ways at Killarney last month, and Padraig Roche’s charge can follow up,

The Stowaway gelding had registered a previous win over the same venue last August, and he was building on a reappearance effort oer timber at Galway in July when beating Smithscorner by a half-length to get back on the scoresheet.

He had a few of these rivals behind him in that latest outing, and while a 7lbs rise in the weights will demand a shade more from him, he could be worth chancing to defy his rise in the weights to follow up with the potential for improvement over fences.

5:10 – Shanahan Power (Q.R.) Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m

DEMI PLIE (4/1, William Hill) did little wrong here on Sunday, finding only Miss Mcilroy too strong by one length over hurdles, and Padraig Roche’s charge is taken to regain the winning thread back over fences here.

The Mastercraftsman mare is unexposed as a chaser, leaving an unseated rider at Tramore on her chase debut well behind when striking at Downpatrick next time. She followed up that win with a near-miss effort behind Megalomaniac back at Tramore prior to that last hurdles start and a return to chasing could see her back on the scoresheet.

Although she is higher in the weights here for this return to chasing, a good amateur can take off 5lbs and a return to three miles rates a positive. She can go well as a consequence, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her returning to winning ways here.

5:40 – Brendan Daly Memorial Slan Abhaile (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m

BENTHAM (11/4, William Hill) looks hard to oppose in the finale for Gavin Cromwell, and the Jeremy gelding should take all the beating here.

He is already a dual-winner this term, scoring at Bellewstown and Killarney latest where he ran out a half-length victor over Celine Soprano, finding plenty for pressure to hold off the challenge of the runner-up.

Although 3lbs worse off with that rival, he possibly has further scope to improve and he appeared to win a shade readily last time so can confirn the form here and come out on top.


1:45 – WINNER TAKES ITALL (11/10, Ladbrokes)
2:20 – QUARTZ DU RHEU (8/11, William Hill)
2:55 – OUR JERRY (11/2, Paddy Power)
3:25 – BAY HILL (9/2, Ladbrokes)
4:00 – HUMM BABY (9/4, William Hill)
4:35 – ACT IN TIME (7/2, Coral)
5:10 – DEMI PLIE (4/1, William Hill)
5:40 – BENTHAM (11/4, William Hill)

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