The second day of the Listowel Harvest Festival gets underway at 2.15 and flat racing dominates proceedings.
The Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes (3.10) has a prize fund of €50,000 and has attracted a maximum field of 16 runners for the venue on the Flat. Willie Mullins won this contest 12 months ago with Riven Light and he’s represented in this renewal with Gustavus Vassa, the mount of Irish champion jockey Colin Keane.
Aidan O’Brien has enjoyed success several times in this 1m1f contest, his latest victory coming with Eye Of The Storm five years ago, and this year he has three runners in the line up. Son Donnacha teams up with Clear Skies for owner JP McManus while Seamie Heffernan is abroad Hence and Michael Hussey is booked for Curly, a beaten favourite at Gowran last time.
The unbeaten Hand On Heart, successful at Limerick and the Curragh earlier in the campaign, reappears for the Fozzy Stack team with Chris Hayes on board again in what promises to be a cracking renewal.
Trainer Willie Mullins had a treble on the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Festival. He will go in search of further success in the feature race on Day 2, the listed Edmund and Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes, with Gustavus Vassa. His assistant trainer Patrick Mullins told Dave Keena he’s a classy horse
Denis Hogan is looking forward to running Allegio in the event
Mark Costello of The Irish Field newspaper believes it’s an open, competitive affair
The Sky Sports Racing Launching In 2019 Handicap (3.50) is also worth €50,000 in prizemoney and is headed by the Charles Byrnes-trained Wonder Laish ridden by veteran Niall McCullagh. Aidan O’Brien is represented with Galway and Bellewstown winner Astronomer partnered by his son Donnacha while his other son and trainer Joseph has Killarney scorer National Wealth in the line up under Wayne Lordan.
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery (4.25) over a mile has a field of six going to post headed by Zander, successful for Ger Lyons in a Galway maiden over a furlong shorter last time. Aidan O’Brien, who won this race in 2013 and 2014, has the maiden Mount Tabora in the field seeking to get off the mark on his fifth start with Seamie Heffernan teaming up aboard the Scat Daddy colt for the first time.
The going at Listowel is yielding.