• Listowel - Sunday - Day 1 Listowel Harvest Festival

    Mullins Treble Looks On The Cards  

    Only three runners go to post for the featured Kerry Group Chase(4.30) on day one of the Listowel Harvest Festival. Enda Bolger could be the man celebrating after this race, as his Ballyoisin looks particularly well treated by the conditions. The 10Y0 is only rated 1lb below the topweight yet receives 8lbs from that rival. He is also in receipt of weight from the only other contender, despite being rated higher. Provided the race doesn't turn into a tactical affair he looks the standout bet.

    Brave Way could be worth chancing against a higher profile rival in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle(2.00). Henry De Bromhead's mare has work to do at these weights if she is to beat the topweight but with some question marks surrounding that one, a punt is taken on the Kenny Alexander owned 6Y0. 

    Poseidon looks to be very well treated by the conditions of the Strings & Things Rated Novice Chase(4.00), so it will be a surprise if he doesn't provide Charles Byrnes with a comeback winner. Easily the best of these over hurdles, he will appreciate racing over the minimum distance where he can put his turn of foot to good use against some slower rivals. On a tricky card, he looks one of the better options for punters. 

    Feigh can supply the first leg of a treble for Willie Mullins by maintaining her unbeaten record in the opening Kerry Group 3Y0 Hurdle(1.30). An easy winner on her racecourse debut at Killarney last month, she survived being hampered mid race before running out an emphatic winner. If anything, she should know even more about the game now with the benefit of that experience under her belt. Mullins can complete the brace with stable debutant Tempo Chapter Two(5.00) in the closing bumper. Second on his most recent appearance for Adrian Murray, the son of Morpheus has since been switched to the champion trainer. It would be no surprise to see him make a winning reappearance under Patrick Mullins. The rather frustrating Captain Kangaroo is given a final chance to shed his maiden tag and bring up the Mullins treble in the Dairygold Maiden Hurdle(3.30). A smart bumper horse, he has thus far failed to add to his tally over flights but perhaps this step up in trip will bring about the desired improvement. 

    Despite her inexperience, Outlier is the one unexposed horse in Division l of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle(2.30). The JP McManus owned filly looked very useful when making a winning racecourse debut over hurdles at Tipperary and could have a bright future ahead of her. Butterflyvespiere, who really caught the eye at Galway last time, looks the one to be on in the second division(3.00). Peter Fahey's 5Y0 made much of the running on that occasion and looked set to collect before an untidy jump at the final hurdle. To her credit she fought on well up the hill but was always fighting a losing battle. It would be just reward to see her gain some compensation now.

    Selections: 1.30 Feigh; 2.00 Brave Way; 2.30 Outlier; 3.00 Butterflyvespiere; 3.30 Captain Kangaroo; 4.00 Poseidon(NAP); 4.30 Ballyoisin; 5.00 Tempo Chapter Two. 

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