The Listowel Harvest Festival features this week and on Tuesday the star attraction will be Oisin Murphy as the three-time British champion jockey makes a rare appearance in his home county of Kerry.
Listowel is joined by Flat meetings at Yarmouth, Redcar and Newcastle (AW) while jumps fare comes from Uttoxeter on a busy Tuesday across Britain and Ireland.
We have three selections, with Murphy fancied to get on the scoresheet at the first opportunity in Listowel.
14:40 Listowel – Zephron @ 10/3
Frankie Dettori may not be appearing in Listowel this week, after negotiations to bring his farewell tour to Ireland’s south-west corner came up short, but that will matter little as the Kerry public comes out instead to pay homage to local boy Oisin Murphy on a rare trip home.
Born in nearby Killarney and now a household name and three-time champion rider in Britain, Murphy will get a heroes’ welcome and may get off to a flyer.
Market support was behind ZEPHRON at Gowran Park in July and the Ivawood gelding duly ran his best race in a long while, coming home for third despite being caught much further back than ideal in the early stages.
The handicapper has eased him another 3lb to a career-low mark of 57 and overnight rain should aid his cause, with the booking of Murphy by trainer Denis Cullen very much taking the eye.
This is a Betfred Super Extra Place Race (four places) and Zephron and Murphy should be in the thick of the action.
16:35 Yarmouth – Miss Mai Tai @ 9/1
The Moulton Nurseries Fillies’ Handicap is the feature race at Yarmouth on Tuesday afternoon and a field of ten are set to assemble for the Class 3 event, with last-time-out winners Noor Bano, Catwalk Model and Musical Tribute all arriving in good heart.
Another arriving at the top of her game is MISS MAI TAI for James Fanshawe and Callum Shepherd.
The Prince Of Lir filly has really found her form in recent months. She won at Leicester (6f, good to firm) in May on fourth start for this trainer and added further wins at Goodwood and Lingfield afterwards.
Most recently, she was narrowly denied a four-timer back at the Midlands venue last month. She’s only gone up 7lb in the ratings for that sequence and, while racing in a higher grade now, carries a low weight and should give another good account of herself.
19:00 Newcastle – Nasneen @ 5/1
Once-raced filly NASNEEN can be a threat for Paul & Oliver Cole in this novice stakes over six-furlongs on the evening card at Newcastle.
The Territories filly was not without support on her debut at Catterick (5f, good) in late August and she ended up finishing second behind odds-on favourite Curios Rover – who made all having shown previous promise and has run well again since at Hamilton, finishing second to another previous winner.
Nasneen was ridden to challenge late on in that Catterick contest and came clear of the third, whilst unable to get to the winner. She will have learned plenty from the experience and should be suited going up a furlong now.
She’s a half-sister to a Tapeta winner, so should handle this surface, and is selected from the Most Napped table on the Betfred Betfinder to run a big race with Clifford Lee on board this time.