Listowel Races Day 2 Preview

There’s another 8 race card on day two of the Listowel June Festival.

The opener’s at 1.50, with the main event, The John J. Galvin Handicap Steeplechase, at 4.25.

The going is good.

Dave Keena previews

Waterford-based Henry de Bromhead saddles High School Days in the opening Kingdom Mares Maiden Hurdle (1.50). Tralee jockey Bryan Cooper is booked to take the ride in the colours of Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.

Champion Flat jockey turned trainer Joseph O’Brien looks to have a strong chance in the John B. Keane (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (2.25) with his pair of Monarch and Unicorn for JP McManus. The former ran a fine race in defeat at Punchestown two weeks ago.

The John J. Galvin Handicap Chase (4.25) is a valuable contest with Hurricane Ben fancied to follow up his Fairyhouse success off top-weight for Davy Russell and Dungourney, Co Cork trainer James Sheahan. They face stiff competition in the shape of Polidam for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins, and Peoples Park for Mark Walsh and Tom Taaffe.