FLAT: Listowel Racecourse is a left-handed, sharp track of about one mile and a furlong in length, with a run-in of about two furlongs. It suits a speedy sort of horse and a low draw has been slightly favoured in races at 7f and a mile.

NATIONAL HUNT: Listowel is a very sharp, flat, left-handed oval track of about a mile and a quarter in extent. It very much favours the handy type and even races over three miles present little in the way of a test of stamina. There are five fences to a circuit of the chase track, with two in the home straight of less than two furlongs. The run-in is around 200 yards.

ABOUT: Listowel racecourse is over 160 years old, having been founded in 1858 in County Kerry - where it is home to the Listowel Festival and the Guinness Kerry National (run on the Wednesday of the Festival).

Ruby Walsh

In June and September there are two festivals at Listowel. Like Ballinrobe, it has an outer and an inner track. The outside track races behind the house is a much bigger course, about 1m3f; round the inner track is about a mile. It’s a fair, left-handed track with two fences going away from the stands, three on the way home and two in the home straight. They mix up flat and National Hunt racing and it can be quite testing, a bit of a slog on the flat in September. It’s a pretty much flat, left-handed track shaped like the letter D.

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