the big guns have stood their ground for what promises to be a thrilling
Guinness Kerry National at Listowel on Wednesday, the €200,000 highlight of the
seven-day Harvest Festival, where Hewick will carry top-weight in an attempt to
follow up his dramatic victory in the Tote Galway Plate.
story of Hewick is one of the most heartwarming rags to riches tales in Irish
racing in recent years as the horse who cost just €850 at Goresbridge in 2017
has landed the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown and the Tote Galway Plate in 2022.
That big win at Ballybrit back in July was achieved despite a loose horse
almost stopping him in his tracks up the home straight.
Shark Hanlon has his eyes on another big prize but Hewick will need a monstrous
performance to defy a career-high mark of 163 which will see him carry 11st
12lb. Jordan Gainford, who has been on board for three of his seven career
wins, once again takes the ride.
1-2-3 from the Tote Galway Plate will all renew rivalry at Listowel as
runner-up Darasso and the third home El Barra have both been declared.
Mullins dominated the opening day of the Harvest Festival with four winners and
El Barra looks the champion trainer's best hope of winning the Kerry National
for a second time in three years following the victory of Cabaret Queen in
2020. Paul Townend takes the ride.
O'Brien added a Kerry National victory to his ever-expanding CV in 2021 when
Assemble won at 9-1 under Shane Fitzgerald and the dual-purpose trainer is
responsible for a third of the field in his search for back-to-back wins.
aforementioned Darasso will be the mount of Mark Walsh, while Fire Attack, an
early casualty in the Tote Galway Plate when well fancied, will be ridden by
Bryan Cooper. A Wave Of The Sea, Early Doors, Busselton and Embittered complete
the six-strong challenge from the O'Brien stable.
de Bromhead looks to have a live chance in the shape of Gabbys Cross, winner of
the Blazers Handicap Chase at the Galway summer festival. Rachael
Blackmore, who was on board De Bromhead's first Guinness Kerry National winner
Poker Party in 2019, stays loyal to the seven-year-old following their stylish
success together at Ballybrit. The other De Bromhead representative is the
mare, Gin On Lime.
Dylan, the shock 150-1 winner of the 2021 Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse
under Ricky Doyle, will represent Dermot McLoughlin who is looking for his
first win in the race.
maximum field of 18 will line up for the Guinness Kerry National which is due off
at 4.20pm on Wednesday and will be shown live on TG4 and Racing TV.
information and to buy tickets, visit: www.listowelraces.ie
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