Listowel Races Day 6 Preview

LISTOWEL 13-9-18. BALLYOISIN won for jockey Darragh O'Keeffe. Photo Healy Racing.

The feature race on the penultimate day of Listowel’s Harvest Festival is the Southampton Goodwill Plate Steeplechase.

The 2 and a half mile 30,000 euro event goes to post at 4.20.

Listen Dear, runner-up on her last two starts, will be seeking a fifth win over fences on her first appearance at Listowel.

Trained by Willie Mullins for the Supreme Horse Racing Club, the eight-year-old mare ran second at Ballinrobe on her most recent appearance and renews rivalry with Don’t Touch It, who finished behind her last time.

The six-runner field also includes course specialist Kylecrue, winner of this race two years ago and who ran second in the Kerry Group Handicap Chase over the course and trip on Sunday when trying to win that event for the fourth year in a row.

Carlingford Lough, a multiple Grade 1 winner but now a 12-year-old and having his first run since being pulled up in the Grand National in April, and Don’t Touch It represent JP McManus.

Rachael Blackmore has a 25 per cent strike-rate when riding for Henry de Bromhead and she partners the trainer’s Alisier D’Irlande, who is returning from a 123-day absence.

All three of the eight-year-old’s chase wins have come from the front. The Andy McNamara-trained Val De Ferbet completes the line-up.

Mark Costello of The Irish Field newspaper looks ahead to the event

The going at Listowel is heavy on the flat track. The national hunt course is soft, soft to heavy in places.

The opener on the card is at 2.05.

Today’s Listowel Races, live on Radio Kerry thanks to Sheehy Insulation

18-year-old jockey Darragh O’Keeffe from Cork rode Ballyoisin to victory in yesterday’s feature at Listowel, the €100,000 Ladbrokes Ireland Listowel Handicap Hurdle.

It was just the fifth win of O’Keeffe’s fledgling career so far and undoubtedly his biggest to date