Johnny Ward's top tips for day one of the Listowel Festival

By Johnny Ward
Sat 18 Sep 2021

Listowel's Festival will not be quite what it normally is this year, with a maximum of 2,000 attendees allowed per day, but at least there will be crowds in attendance for the usual fun and frolics.

The Kerry National on Wednesday looks desperately difficult at this stage, but over the course of the week there will be easier opportunities.

Many punters will note that Davy Russell, who rode his first winner since his return from injury on Saturday, has just the one ride at the track on Sunday. Be lucky.

3.00 Listowel: Elite Des Mottes

This daughter of Network travelled like a dream last time and was just touched off.

She makes lots of each-way appeal, especially with the likelihood of a strong pace here, and she seems to be improving nicely.

This is also a nice betting race for each-way players.

4.30 Listowel: The Storyteller

Ballyoisin will enjoy going left-handed again, but in a three-horse race, surely The Storyteller is overpriced here given the value of his rider's claim and how well he has performed at the top level.

He is versatile trip-wise and hardly ever runs a bad race. Moreover, Ballyoisin isn't guaranteed to build on his Ballinrobe performance.

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