Horse Racing tips: 5 to thrive at Listowel on Sunday

The first of a monster seven days at the Co. Kerry Festival comes under orders and PPTV's James Shortt marks your day one card.

Listowel-Races

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13:30 – Realist

The Harvest Festival at Listowel gets underway on Sunday with a 2m juvenile hurdle our first race on a bumper eight race national hunt card. Jordan Gainford takes off a valuable 5lbs on REALIST who caught the eye when scoring impressively at Down Royal at the end of August. The ex-Michael Bell trained runner ran out a comfortable winner and should improve further for connections in a race Gordon Elliott has won twice in the past three seasons.

Bell Ex One finished in second place at Down Royal and renews rivalries with Realist, while Too Bright, Calvados and Feigh come here looking for back to back wins under rules. Noel Meade’s Too Bright was an easy winner at Ballinrobe but was rated inferior to Realist on the flat. Calvodos has been kept on the go by John McConnell and stayed on to win at Ballinrobe, while Feigh ran out a nice winner for Willie Mullins at Killarney and looks the main danger under Paul Townend.

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15:00 – Butterflyvespiere

BUTTERFLYVESPIERE has shown plenty of consistency over the summer months and can get back to winning ways in this second-division of the 2m 4f mares handicap hurdle. The Peter Fahey trained five-year-old is lightly raced and took her maiden hurdle at Downpatrick in June in good fashion. She subsequently ran two creditable races in handicap company at Sligo and Galway in July when finishing fourth and third on those occasions.

She’s also shown her versatility for different ground conditions and this distance and looks a solid player here under Kevin Sexton. Elsewhere, Dympnas Well has been in good form for Paul Nolan and warrants respect following victories at Tramore and Downpatrick in two of three recent starts. Citizen’s Army and Farrawaybay and other recent winners while Metersandmasks and Arizona Flyer are other each-way contenders.

15:30 – Wall Of Fame

This 3m maiden hurdle doesn’t look the strongest on paper and can go the way of WALL OF FAME for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy. The six-year-old comes here having secured bumper success at Punchestown in March and will strongly appreciate this longer trip on only his second start over hurdles. The lightly raced son of Fame And Glory was placed twice in point to points behind Heather Rocco and Dunboyne at Umma House and Tattersalls Farm in October 2020.

Both of those horses have enhanced the form by progressing from point to points to win over hurdles this year. Elsewhere, Bout Time Bobby has a chance for John McConnell while Captain Kangaroo has been expensive to follow for Willie Mullins. Lanziano could be in the mix for Dermot McLoughlin, but Wall Of Fame is the one to beat and is hopefully fit enough to score on his return to the racetrack.

16:30 – Ballyoisin

A field of just three horses for the feature Kerry Group Chase at Listowel on Sunday with only 2lbs separating these runners on official ratings. Race conditions favour the chances of BALLYOISIN who receives weight from both The Storyteller and Easy Game despite rated 162, 1lb higher than Easy Game and 1lb lower on ratings than The Storyteller. Enda Bolger’s runner also has the fitness edge over the Elliott contender and should dominate from the front under Mark Walsh.

The 10-year-old has some nice form in the book having previously beaten A Plus Tard in the Fortia Chase at Navan in 2019. He returned to winning ways after a long break by scoring last month at Ballinrobe having had several clips taken out of his knees according to his trainer. The step up in trip won’t be an issue and once the so-called bounce factor doesn’t strike, he should win again before having another crack at the Fortia back at Navan.

17:00 – Quantum Realm

The closing bumper on the opening day at Listowel has been a good one for favourite backers with six of the previous seven-renewals going the way of the SP favourite. Like plenty of Irish bumpers previously this race should come down to a battle between Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd against Patrick Mullins. QUANTUM REALM just gets the edge over Tempo Chapter Two and that decision mainly comes down to recent race fitness between the two-runners.

Tempo Chapter Two represents the Mullins team, but hasn’t been seen since finishing second at Downpatrick in March. That performance was nothing to get excited about and his previous form didn’t set the world alight either in my opinion. The Elliott runner has the better form having won a point to point with the second horse, Surprise Package doing well subsequently over hurdles. He will be sharper for his recent run when second at Downpatrick and gets the verdict in the lucky last.

Listowel betting tips:

13:30 – Realist
15:00 – Butterflyvespiere
15:30 – Wall Of Fame
16:30 – Ballyoisin
17:00 – Quantum Realm

* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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