Horse Racing Tips: 5 who may thrive at Listowel on Sunday

PPTV broadcaster James Shortt marks your card on day one of the seven-race festival.

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14:10 The Insider

Another year and another cracking week of action at the Listowel Harvest Festival despite the unfortunate news that Frankie Dettori won’t be visiting next week due to his suspension at Baden-Baden. The two mile juvenile hurdle kicks-off the week where THE INSIDER can remain unbeaten under rules for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell following his impressive victory on his latest start at Down Royal last month.

It was a comfortable success which followed his debut win over hurdles at Killarney the previous month. Despite been rated inferior to several of these on the flat, the son Elzaam looks capable of improving further and should get the better of both Aghaboy and Common Practice. The Willie Mullins runner fought hard to see off Bridgehead at Ballinrobe, while Jospeh O’Brien’s horse makes his hurdling debut having done well on the flat from a rating in the low 80’s – he looks the danger.

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14:40 Shannon Glory

I happened to be racing at Bellewstown the day SHANNON GLORY won last month with forward tactics working to perfection under a cracking ride from Jack Kennedy. The daughter of Fame And Glory is progressing nicely with Rachael Blackmore now in the saddle for trainer Paul Power. She has plenty of scope and stays further and could battle hard to outstay both Hollymount and Nikini in this Mares Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott’s mare is a model of consistency for the Bective Stud team with Davy Russell back in the saddle for the first time since last November. She’s bound to run another solid race but might just have to settle for minor money again this Sunday. Elsewhere, Willie Mullins is hoping to win this race for a second straight year as Kilbeggan maiden hurdle winner Nikini steps up in trip – she brings good bumper form to hurdling and looks the biggest danger to Shannon Glory in my opinion.

15:40 What Path

It’s very hard to look beyond WHAT PATH in this three-mile maiden hurdle following his impressive bumper victory at the Galway Festival back in July. The son of Coastal Path has improved in all his races to date and can secure a debut win over hurdles in what looks a winnable contest. The form of his Ballybrit win has been enhanced by Notnowned, Thecompanysergeant and Moonovercloon all subsequently winning on the racecourse in recent months.

Run For Pat has been expensive to follow having been turned over in all eight hurling starts for Gordon Elliott. Battle Of Mirbat brings point-to-point experience to the table for Kieran Purcell and should run well following recent place efforts in Cork and Killarney bumpers. Elsewhere, Who’s Houdini steps-up in trip for Shark Hanlon and looks another who should battle it out for minor money behind What Path.

16:10 Chemical Energy

CHEMICAL ENERGY started off his career in good fashion in bumpers before finding the likes of Kilcruit and Sir Gerhard too hot to handle last year. The son of Well Chosen can follow in similar fashion to last year by winning yet again on this weekend following his maiden hurdle success at Navan. Despite a disappointing effort on his chasing debut at Kilbeggan, he comes here fresh with more experience and should score under Davy Russell.

The second, third and fourth have all won since to enhance the form and he receives weight from rivals Conerkova and Ferdia. Those two met previously when Henry De Bromhead’s charge scored and saw off John Ryan’s runner at Clonmel back in June. Despite returning quickly following action at Sligo earlier this week, I can see Ferdia reversing the form on this occasion. Whosgotyanow is another on the shortlist following his Killarney win, but Chemical Energy looks the one for me.

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17:10 Polo Lounge

The closing bumper on the opening day of the Harvest Festival has been an excellent one for punters with seven of the previous eight favourites winning since 2014. Willie Mullins has landed two of those eight and should score with POLO LOUGNE under Patrick Mullins in the lucky last. The son of Califet was a beaten favourite on all three starts to date but brings the best form to the table and good experience.

His defeat to The Friday Man at Tramore back in June wasn’t a bad run considering Gordon Elliott’s horse has subsequently won twice since over hurdles at both Bellewstown and Perth. Elsewhere, Cillians Charm wears a hood for the first time and brings Champion Bumper form from Cheltenham to the table for Anthony McCann. Rebel Pat is another to consider for Mick Winters and any market support would be an encouraging sign to towards his chances of victory.

Listowel tips

14:10 The Insider
14:40 Shannon Glory
15:40 What Path
16:10 Chemical Energy
17:10 Polo Lounge

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