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
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
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.