The curtain comes down on the seven-day Listowel Harvest Festival this afternoon.
Jockey Paul Townend has had a great Festival so far and he will ride Smitty Bacall in today’s feature race, the MJ Carroll ARRO Handicap Hurdle at 3.30.
Townend was on board when Smitty Bacall won at Killarney and even though he has received a 7 pounds hike for his victory, Townend feels he still has a good chance, but the ground is a slight concern
Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins has enjoyed another profitable week at the Kerry venue and he’s doubly represented in the six-runner GS Networks Ireland Novice Hurdle (2.20) with Aramon and Eglantine Du Seuil, both recent winners over hurdles.
The former got off the mark in Kilbeggan last month under Paul Townend who has elected to take the mount again over Eglantine Du Seuil who opened his account in Sligo over three weeks ago.
Cullentra House trainer Gordon Elliott is also represented with a recent winner Silver Star who also scored in Kilbeggan last time while the Joseph O’Brien-trained Triplicate opened his account over timber in Galway last time out.
Mullins has three of the five runners declared for the Allman Contracts Ltd Novice Chase (5.15) with Paul Townend siding with Killarney winner Cap D’Aubois over Galway scorer Minella Beau, the mount of Danny Mullins, and Robin Des Foret partnered by David Mullins.
The sextet is completed by the Gordon Elliott-trained Downpatrick winner Caltex under Davy Russell with Jody McGarvey booked aboard Gutsy Rock from the Pat Flynn Ballingara stable.
An eight-race card starts at 1.45, with the going soft.