LISTOWEL PREVIEW TUESDAY 10/9/2019
Alan was in fine form on Monday with three winners, priced at 7/4, 3/1 and 10/1. It is back to jumping on Tuesday, with the feature race being the €67,500 Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle at 3:35am, a fine tribute to someone who contributed greatly to racing in County Kerry – as his family still does – not least at Listowel.
Here are Alan’s thought on Tuesday’s card.
Bar One Racing ante-post markets are available here – These include Wednesday’s Kerry National at Listowel, Saturday’s St Leger at Doncaster and four Group One races on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and The Curragh.
2.05 2m4f Jet O’Carroll Memorial Irish EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+)
Jessica Harrington has her team in flying form and BARRINGTON COURT (5/2) could give the team another winner here.
She is coming back after a bit of an absence but her form stands out and she should prove very hard to beat.
She was third to Relegate, trained by Willie Mullins in a maiden hurdle at Naas in December 2018, and that should put her in contention here.
Relegate is a former Champion Bumper winner at the Cheltenham Festival and, with that form behind her, she will be very hard to beat.
2.35 2m Connolly’s RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo+)
Edward Harty, trainer of the crack hurdler Captain Cee Bee, has a decent chance of landing this maiden hurdle with WHATUCALLHER (11/4). She has plenty of placed form to her name and deserves to finally break her maiden, having been campaigned over a variety of distances from 2m to 2m 6f.
This doesn’t look the strongest maiden and she has another decent chance to get her head in front.
3.05 2m Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109)
THECRAICISNINETY (11/2) is very well handicapped here in terms of his chase from and runs over hurdles here off a mark 19lb lower.
He is a front runner who could very well get his own way here and put his rivals to the sword from early on.
He was 11-8 favourite last time out at Ballinrobe and it looked like something was amiss when he pulled up. His chase form is very solid and if he can show anything like that here, he’ll be very hard to keep out of the frame.
3.35 2m Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade B) (4yo)
The feature of Day Three is the Lartigue Hurdle, run in memory of Liam Healy. The Healy family have been great supporters of this meeting over the decades. Today’s race has attracted a very decent field.
HANNON (12/1) had some very strong juvenile form and he finished down the field in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham behind Pentland Hills, trained by Nicky Henderson.
It looks to me that he has been laid out for this after two flat runs at Leopardstown and Bellewstown, where he was placed on both runs.
His strongest line of juvenile form would be his nose second to Chosen Mate at Naas, where he ran on strongly close home and was unlucky not to get up.
His handicap mark over hurdles looks competitive to me and he should run a very good race with bigger aspirations to come later in the season.
4.05 2m4f Listowel Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116)
PENNY OUT (25/1) is a mare that has been in my notebook for quite a while and John Kiely is very shrewd when it comes to landing a decent pot.
Colin Keane was on board for a maiden on the flat at Ballinrobe, when she was far too keen and was out the back most of the way.
She ran a very nice race when third at Tramore to Zoffalee, who had been impressive at Ballinrobe the time before.
Last-time out at Killarney, she was very one-paced behind Darver Star, suggesting that the step up in trip will really suit.
The handicapper has left her on the same mark of 109 and she is a very big price if the step up in trip suits and the track is to her liking. Solid each way chance.
4.40 2m1f John F. McGuire Beginners Chase (4yo+)
Sayo, trained by Willie Mullins, heads the market here but, at the forecast price, he looks very little value on the basis of his run in the Galway Hurdle where he was tailed off after a long absence.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained JACK DILLINGER (9/2) is slowly getting his act together over the larger obstacles and, with a clear round, he could give the favourite plenty to think about.
He finished in midfield behind Zero Ten at Galway and then was going to give Due Reward plenty to do when making a bad mistake at the last, which cost him his chance. He was narrowly in front at the time.
If that hasn’t affected his confidence he will go very close here. Big chance.
5.15 2m Kerry Petroleum Flat Race (4yo)
John Kiely could be on course for a double today should Penny Out be successful earlier in the card.
His runner here HARRISON LINE (11/4) was very green on its first run and should have learnt plenty from the run. Derek O Connor gave him a very educational ride last time and, if he improves off that run, he will give them all plenty to do here.
Derek stays on board and, with question marks regarding a couple of his opponents higher in the market, he looks to be the value play here.