Saturday 25 February 2017

Listowel to stage extra fixture on Sunday after cancellations

Thomas Kelly

Across the water, the new alliance of Cork jockey Aidan Coleman (pictured) and trainer John Ferguson continues to make waves
Across the water, the new alliance of Cork jockey Aidan Coleman (pictured) and trainer John Ferguson continues to make waves

Listowel will hold an extra 'early doors' meeting on Sunday after the track lost yesterday's and today's fixtures due to waterlogging.

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has confirmed that the new all-jumps card will close for entries today, with declarations to run to be made by 10am on Friday.

The Lartigue Hurdle will feature among four events over the smaller obstacles, with two chases and a bumper also on the card.

The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association has also requested the conditions for the Clievearagh Handicap Chase at Listowel on Saturday be altered to cater for the horses which are liable for ballot in the Guinness Kerry National tomorrow.

While Sunday's fixture got the go-ahead following an inspection, the meetings scheduled for yesterday and today were called off after a total of 45 millimetres of rain was reported to have fallen on the track and made the course unraceable.

As a result of the cancellations, HRI also announced two replacement Flat meetings at Navan next Monday and at Naas tomorrow week.

Across the water, the new alliance of Cork jockey Aidan Coleman and trainer John Ferguson continues to make waves and the partnership were on the mark at Stratford yesterday as the exciting Maputo (8/11) comfortably kept his unbeaten record over hurdles intact.

Ferguson, currently buying yearlings in Kentucky for the Godolphin team, had saddled six winners from his previous 12 runners prior to Maputo adding to the tally in the novices' hurdle, with Coleman riding five.

Odds-on backers had few concerns, with Maputo rounding the home turn full of running and swiftly sealing the deal when allowed to extend, coming home 18 lengths clear of early pacesetter Tangolan.

Irish Independent

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