Listowel

  • 16:05 Guinness Kerry National Handicap Chase 3m

  • Winner €96,400 2nd €30,800 3rd €14,800 4th €5,200
  • Going: Heavy (Soft to Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 15.70s
  • Off time: 16:05:07
16:05 Listowel Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Faltering Fullback 33/1
2nd Questions Answered (IRE) 10/1
3rd Start Me Up (IRE) 7/1
4th Jamsie Hall (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1336-12 ORANGE & BLACK QUARTERED, halved sleeves, quartered cap Casey Top (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
9 11-7 t L Whitmore P Townend 140 12/113.00
2 80-012P Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Whodoyouthink (IRE) 49
7 11-7 p O McKiernan M Darcy 140 33/134.00
3 P6-F821 WHITE, black & royal blue hooped sleeves, black & royal blue striped cap Fosters Cross (IRE) 7 (ex7)
10 11-5 T Mullins Mr D G Lavery (7) 131 16/117.00
4 311122/ PINK, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap Themoonandsixpence (IRE) 784
Distance Winner
9 11-3 t W P Mullins R Walsh 136 10/111.00
5 15-12F5 EMERALD GREEN & ORANGE hooped, WHITE cap Alpine Eagle (IRE) 49
8 11-1 p Mrs J Harrington A P McCoy 134 12/113.00
6 138411 Emerald green, red seams, hooped sleeves, emerald green cap Wellforth (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
8 11-1 p P J Gilligan B J Geraghty 134 12/113.00
7 3U35P-4 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Start Me Up (IRE) 30
Distance Winner
8 11-0 C F Swan D N Russell 133 7/18.00
8 3P-9230 Royal blue, yellow epaulettes, red & light green striped sleeves, light green & yellow hooped cap Campbonnais (FR) 49
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 10-11 b1 J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 130 25/126.00
9 83/996-7 ROYAL BLUE, white hooped sleeves, pink cap Deal Done (FR) 49
8 10-11 b D T Hughes B J Cooper 130 16/117.00
10 04/3-111 Light Blue, Pink epaulets, armlets and cap Premier Dane (IRE) 17
10 10-10 D Pipe T Scudamore 129 15/28.50
11 0P/171-1 YELLOW, large black spots, striped sleeves, yellow cap, black spots Caduceus (IRE) 134
Distance Winner
8 10-9 P Hughes P Carberry 128 11/26.50
12 152P62 WHITE, red braces, red cap Jamsie Hall (IRE) 29
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 10-9 pt G Elliott D J Condon 128 25/126.00
13 446-533 Emerald green, orange chevron & sleeves, quartered cap Our Victoria (IRE) 73
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 10-9 C Bowe S W Flanagan 128 20/121.00
14 7126/9-9 BLACK & YELLOW QUARTERED, black sleeves, emerald green seams, yellow cap, black star Questions Answered (IRE) 19
7 10-5 E McNamara R M Power 124 10/111.00
15 317P0-3 Orange, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, dark blue spots on cap Quietly Fancied (IRE) 134
Distance Winner
8 10-5 p O McKiernan R C Colgan 124 16/117.00
16 7576-04 MAROON & WHITE HALVED, sleeves reversed, royal blue cap Ponmeoath (IRE) 16
Course and Distance Winner
12 10-4 E McNamara D J Casey 123 25/126.00
17 U3-0312 BLACK, red panel, red stars on sleeves, red cap King Ali (IRE) 19
Distance Winner
10 10-2 P G Kelly A P Heskin (3) 121 7/18.00
20 U057-08 MAROON & WHITE HALVED, sleeves reversed, maroon cap, emerald green star Faltering Fullback 19
Course Winner
9 9-12 b E McNamara D E Mullins 117 33/134.00
Non runners
184/070-04Save My Blushes610-2Denis HoganD G Hogan121
19731354Shabra Charity (IRE)710-0P O BradyReserve 1119

Verdict

Ponmeoath runs in this for the fifth year in succession. He won in 2007 and 2008 and has had a couple of runs over hurdles recently so don't rule out another big effort. The versatile Fosters Cross comes here off the back of a win at Galway but was pulled up 12 months ago off a 7lb lower mark while King Ali still has plenty to prove over fences. Wellforth needs to improve again on wins at Galway and Bangor if he is to complete the hat-trick but there are possibilities about top weight Casey Top, who had Alpine Eagle, Deal Done, Campbonnais and Jamsie Hall behind when runner-up in the Galway Plate. David Pipe has sent the in-form Premier Dane over from Devon while Our Victoria holds each-way claims but Charlie Swan has been protecting START ME UP's handicap mark for a reason and he could be the value in this Grade A contest. Just beaten in a Grade 2 novice chase at Navan in February, he was an excellent fifth in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir at Cheltenham subsequently considering his lack of experience and had probably had enough for the season when pulled up in the Irish Grand National in April. Given a pipe-opener over hurdles at Roscommon last month, he looks nicely treated here.