Listowel Races Day 3 Preview

There’s a 7 race card on day three at Listowel.

Main event is the Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue Hurdle at 3.40.

Liam Healy, a man greatly missed on the Irish racing circuit, is remembered in the title of the event, which features the Gordon Elliott-trained Cheltenham Festival winner Veneer Of Charm.

The legendary racing photographer passed away in July 2016 but the Healy name lives strong in Listowel, with sons Pat ‘Cash’ and Liam, along with their own sons and extended family, still driving the business which was established in 1975 by the great man himself.

In fact, Healy’s grandson Sean, a son of Liam jnr, rides out at Elliott’s and led up Potter’s Point to win last year’s Kerry National, and he will also be on hand today to lead up the stable’s other runner Kuiper Belt in his grandfather’s race.

Elliott’s team in the race is rivalled by Jessica Harrington’s duo, who looks equally as dangerous, as Conron and the in-form Rovetta are set to do battle for the Moone-based trainer.

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The Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Series, which will run through until April 2019, kicks off at Listowel with a €20,000 maiden hurdle (3.05) confined to horses who have been purchased at a public auction in Britain or Ireland for €45,000 or less.

The series boasts total prize-money of €355,000 and consists of 14 maiden and novice hurdle races between now and April, each worth a minimum of €20,000, with the final worth €75,000.

The first race is due off there at 2.05.

Listowel Races report that the flat track is now heavy and the national hunt course soft.

Today’s Listowel Races are live on Radio Kerry thanks to Kellihers Mills, Clash, Tralee

Gordon Elliott could run all six of his entries in Wednesday’s Guinness Kerry National at Listowel as he seeks to win the race for the third year on the trot but believes Jury Duty and Rogue Angel are the best of his bunch.

Jury Duty was immediately installed as 7-1 favourite with some firms for Listowel’s midweek showpiece after the entries were revealed last week, but Elliott urged punters not to forget the consistent Rogue Angel, who has been backed into 6-1 from 25-1 with Paddy Power.

Elliott has teamed up with Lisa O’Neill to win the race for the last two years with Wrath Of Titans (2016) and Potters Point 12 months ago, and says the prolific amateur will definitely be given the chance to try and complete a hat-trick but is not sure whom she will ride yet.

“We have had great luck with Lisa over the last few years in the Kerry National and she will certainly be riding something for us in it again, although I am not quite sure what yet as we have yet to finalise our plans for the race,” Elliott said.

“Jury Duty ran well in the Galway Plate and definitely runs at Listowel. You would like to think that he has a decent chance.

“I wouldn’t be ruling out Rogue Angel, though. He ran well at Kilbeggan during the summer and goes well in these sorts of handicaps. He seems in good form at home. They would look to be my two leading chances.

“We also have Timiyan in there and he will run too if he gets in with similar comments applying to Our Father and Thunder And Roses. Lord Scoundrel is guaranteed a run and he will definitely go.”