ALL eyes are on the heavens in north Kerry this week ahead of the 2012 Listowel Races praying for the right weather.
Despite the wet summer the track is in prime condition and the race company say the level of interest they're getting is promising one of the biggest weeks ever.
The meeting brings €15 million into the north Kerry economy each year; an injection that will be of greater value than ever before in 2012 with the impact of the summer on agriculture in the region.
"Our groundsman Dan O'Connell has done fantastic work with the track and our secretary Brendan Daly tells us that interest is at an all-time high so we're expecting a fantastic week as long as the weather is good!" Race Company director Pat Healy said.
Wednesday is the big racing day for the Guinness Kerry National. "It's of Irish Grand National standard with former Cheltenham winner Forpaddytheplasterer one of the entries and we're expecting as big a Ladies Day as ever on the Friday!" exclaimed Pat.