There are five more meetings across Britain and Ireland on Wednesday, including the Kerry National alongside Listed action on the Flat from the UK.

Beverley, Yarmouth and Sandown race on the level, while National Hunt action takes place at Listowel and Kelso.

Our midweek fancies include one for Henry Dr Bromhead in the big race at Listowel’s Harvest Festival.

Wednesday Racing Tips

  • 16:25 Listowel – Life In The Park e/w @ 12/1
  • 16:40 Kelso – Idem @ 6/4

16:25 Listowel – Life In The Park e/w @ 12/1

The Guinness Kerry National is the big race of the week-long Harvest Festival in Listowel and the Grade 3 contest carries a handsome top prize of €120,000.

A year ago, Shark Hanlon’s Hewick was set to grab the prize only to unseat Jordan Gainford at the last, leaving the way clear for Busselton to emerge on top for Joseph O’Brien.

All the top yards are represented once more, with Gordon Elliott, Willie Mullins, Gavin Cromwell and Mouse Morris joining O’Brien, but Henry De Bromhead might have the answer.

Rachael Blackmore rides Ain’t That A Shame – one of four for the Knockeen trainer in the race – but the interesting one could be LIFE IN THE PARK in hands of Mikey O’Connor.

This 6YO has just six chase starts behind him. He won over 2m6f at this meeting a year ago on debut over fences and has enjoyed a fine spring-summer campaign despite failing to win.

He’s been third in all four starts this calendar year, including the Mayo National and Midlands National in May/July.

He was behind today’s rivals Foxy Jacks and Stealthy Tom in that Midlands National 68 days ago, not helped by a mistake at four out, but has a significant turnaround the weights here and, given his profile, remains open to doing better.

With this being an Extra Place Race, paying 5 places, the suggestion is an each-way one.

16:40 Kelso – Idem @ 6/4

After showing good form in bumpers, placed in all four starts, IDEM made a winning start over hurdles in May at Hexham, readily accounting for odds-on favourite Miss Lamb after the pair had pulled a long way clear of the rest.

Lucinda Russell’s charge reappears here and is expected to improve for the step up in trip in this Ferguson Planning & Development 10th Anniversary Novices’ Hurdle over 2m5f.

He carries a 7lb penalty along with the other hurdles winner, Donald McCain’s The Big Jetaway, and it’s that rival that is odds-on now. He has been operating over hurdles and fences lately and was denied a four-timer at Bangor earlier this month.

He was well-held in the end and with the excellent Patrick Wadge taking off 5lb on Idem, he may have to settle for a support role once again.

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