Horse Racing Tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s prime picks for Kerry National Day on Wednesday

It's day four of the Harvest Festival and the Kerry National takes centre-stage at 4.20pm.

Mick Fitzgerald Listowel

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14:00 – No Risk No Fun

We kick off Wednesday’s action with a decent maiden hurdle and there’s a bit UK interest here as Dai Walter’s has No Risk No Fun in training with Willie Mullins.  He won his bumpers nicely at Galway and before that at Wexford and this looks a really good starting point for him over obstacles. The Short Go is the one I fear most, but has a 235-day layoff to overcome.

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14:35 – Flaming Moon

Matthew Smith trains this son of Born to Sea and he got the better of some of these at the Galway Festival. Conditions should be similar again and there was a lot to like about the performance of Flaming Moon that day. It was only that he got lonely close home that allowed the others to close the winning margin. He could be a value bet against some of these.

15:10 – Chiricahua

Trainer Paul Nolan has reached for the blinkers for Chiricahua and it could be just what’s needed. He was still there with every chance at the last at Kilbeggan over this trip then and this easy three-mile trip could be perfect for him. He is fairly treated by the handicapper on what we have seen. Irelan’s champion jumps jockey Paul Townend takes the ride on Another Choice who looks the pick of the Matthew Smith runners.

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15:45 – Darren’s Hope

Robert Murphy trains this daughter of Oscar and she is the highest rated of these mares in this 2m 4f novice chase. Darren’s Hope has run consistently in some nice races and deserves to win a good prize.

16:20 – Darasso

They go a really strong gallop around Listowel’s flat track and if you’re not travelling sweetly you may as well pull up. El Barra is a threat and was a good third in the Galway Plate behind Hewick, who also runs again. Busselton is another who should a good race at a track that he has won at in the past.

However, his stablemate Darasso is a nine-year-old who has a pretty good strike rate over fences, having won four of his nine starts and a really good second in the Galway Plate last time.  This three-mile trip will suit him as he should travel well throughout the race and be able to find the gaps at the right time.

16:55 – Life in The Park

Henry de Bromhead’s dual winner so far and the form has a good look to it from the Punchestown Festival when Life in the Park won a good handicap hurdle. He runs in the same ownership as former Gold Cup winner Minella Indo. Good Time Jonny was progressive last season and won a novice handicap hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival before stepping up to Grade One level in the Albert Bartlett novices hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.  His trainer Tony Martin is a very shrewd placer of his horses and connections love winners at the bigger festivals.

17:30 – All the Others

We end the card with the traditional Irish ‘bumper’ and there’s usually little form of substance to go on in this 2m 4f Flat race. Ireland’s champion trainer and son Patrick are always a potent combination and All The Others mightn’t have to be out of the ordinary to win on his racecourse debut.

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