Saturday 24 February 2018

Listowel Ladies Day is not for me

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While a gaggle of young men in poorly fitting shiny suits travelling in packs from bar to bar it was more eye catching and comfortable to stand in the wind and rain and watch the horses go by. So if I ever return to North Kerry for the Harvest Festival meeting, it definitely won't be on Ladies Day.


Wexford yards drew a blank at the festival meeting at Listowel and many local punters lost a euro or two on some ill advised gambles as well.

The only jockey to score was Declan Bates who struck on the first day with the Francis Flood trained Knockieran, the 9-year-old Oscar mare winning at 12/1. On the flat, Aidan O'Brien took the big nursery on the second day of the meeting with Secretary of State.

The 2-year-old colt, a son of Danehill Dancer made the best of his way home from two furlongs out to win at 4/1 under Joseph O'Brien. The same partnership went in again on the third day when, Athens, a Dylan Thomas 2 year old colt opened his account over a mile. Justifying favouritism of 7/4 on, this horse that had an entry in the recently staged National Stakes could be an interesting horse for the future.

Also in Listowel, Jim Bolger struck on the Thursday when Bancnuanaheireann took his maiden at 12/1. Ridden by Kevin Manning the son of Chevalier stayed on really well to win in the colours of Jackie Bolger.


The Autumn Point to Point fixture gets underway next Sunday with a the Limerick Foxhound meeting at Askeaton.

This will be the first meeting of the 2011/2012 campaigns with many Wexford yards having their teams well forward. I've said this many times before, but at this part of the season it pays to follow horses with a bit of form, especially if they have had a run inside the rails at some stage in their career.


Racing: 21st Downpatrick, 23rd Dundalk (e), 24th Gowran Park, Navan, 25th Clonmel, Curragh, 26th Roscommon, 28th Sligo, 30th Gowran Park, Dundalk (e). Point-to-Point: 25th Limerick (F), 1st Mid Antrim (H) 2nd Westmeath (F).

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