• Listowel Festival - Thursday

    Ballyoisin set for repeat Listowel success

    Boasting a rating of 168 over fences, the Enda Bolger-trainedBallyoisin take advantage of a significantly lower mark over flights to win the Ladbrokes Ireland Listowel Handicap Hurdle for a second time this afternoon.

    Again the mount of Darragh O'Keeffe, the classy eight-year-old readily had the measure of Lake Milan when winning over fences at Killarney last month on his first start since December and he will be difficult to beat off a mark of just 142.

    High-flying O’Keeffe can also win the Devon Inn Hotel Handicap Hurdle with Goodnightngodbless, trained by James Motherway. She was just about the best of the remainder behind easy winner Mr Smith at Galway and can also be fancied on earlier runs when a winner at Roscommon in June and second to Static Jack at Killarney the following month.

    The concluding Kevin McManus Beginners Chase can go the way ofMinisterforsport which hasn’t run since January but has the form over hurdles and fences to score under Donie McInerney.

    Racing begins with the Tote Ireland Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden where Santiago is very much the one to beat. He was a runner-up at both Leopardstown and Galway on his two starts to date and should be winning if able to repeat his run behind Alpine Star last time.

    Jim Bolger’s Bandiuc Eile is rated 99 and will hardly have to run anywhere close to that to take the MAC Fuels & General Supplies Fillies Maiden.

    The Byrne Family Handicap is certain to be far more competitive and here a chance is taken with Starlite Dancer which is drawn out wide but went close at Galway from a poor draw, he had also run well at Limerick in June.

    Willie Mullins can land back-to-back victories. Royal Illusion can get back to winning ways in the Behans Horseshoe Bar Handicap as she drops back in trip while Saglawy, if close to his best, should make a winning return after a nine-month absence in the Listowel Races Supporters Club Failte Abhaile Qualified Riders Race.  

    Selections: 1.55 Santiago; 2.30 Starlite Dancer (NAP); 3.05 Bandiuc Eile; 3.40 Royal Illusion; 4.15 Saglawy; 4.50 Ballyoisin; 5.25 Goodnightngodbless; 5.55 Ministerforsport. 


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