The €100,000 Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle is the feature on the penultimate session of the seven-day Listowel Harvest Festival this afternoon, while there is also classy Flat action at Dundalk this evening with the Listed Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Diamond Stakes the highlight.
Two-time Galway Hurdle winner Tudor City tops the weights in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle with Ben Harvey’s 7lb claim easing his burden but the powerful yards of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott hold a strong hand.
Mullins has already sent out eight winners at the County Kerry track this week and Dads Lad is a leading fancy reverting back from fences in a bid for a four-timer.
Elliott’s quartet of runners includes Glan and Fils D’oudairies, while the Paddy Downey-trained Little Big Rocky could provide a fairytale victory for his Slane trainer although a 28lb hike for easy wins at Killarney and Cork makes life a lot more difficult.
The action gets underway in Listowel at 1.40 with the feature on an eight-race National Hunt card going to post at 2.15.
Following a dry day yesterday and no overnight rain the going is now good, good to yielding in places. Selective watering will take place this morning, while the forecast is mainly dry with the risk of scattered showers.
Joseph O’Brien has won the feature race at Listowel for the past four days and while the Carriganog trainer is not represented in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle, he could enjoy further big race success with Hannibal Barca in the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Diamond Stakes at Dundalk.
The extended ten-furlong race has attracted a highly competitive field of ten runners and the Zoffany colt has won two of his five starts including the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes.