NO DAMP­EN­ING RACE CRAIC

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

IT’S very much the racing fes­ti­val of the peo­ple of Lis­towel, and in­deed a racing fes­ti­val beloved by Kerry and many more.

And from the colour and craic so typ­i­cal of Lis­towel, lo­cal suc­cess has sur­faced – as if there wasn’t al­ready rea­son enough to get ex­cited about this six-day spec­tac­u­lar.

“We’re very happy with how it’s gone so far,” Sec­re­tary Brenda Daly told The Ker­ry­man. “The weather forecast for Sun­day and Mon­day was dire, but we ac­tu­ally got pretty lucky as it cleared up for the af­ter­noon.

“We got a bit of rain all right on Tues­day, but it wasn’t too bad, and the pub­lic have got­ten be­hind us as they al­ways do.”

But even some damp weather and the with­drawal of Gold Cup win­ner Coney­gree from the fa­mous Kerry Na­tional wasn’t enough to quell en­thu­si­asm for the 2017 fes­ti­val. And even though it’s only the half-way point of the race-week, it might be dif­fi­cult to find a more pop­u­lar win­ner than Croc­o­dile Dundee, guided home by Blen­nerville’s Brian Cooper and sad­dled by Brian’s fa­ther, Tom.

Mind you, the Mairead O’Car­roll-owned Youceey­ouceecee’s win in Tues­day’s 2:40, the Bran­don Ho­tel Hand­i­cap, was right up there with the Cooper duo’s win in terms of pop­u­lar­ity.

“Mairead is from Jet O’Car­roll’s bar and they’re syn­ony­mous with Lis­towel Races and our fes­ti­val,” Brenda said.

“They’ve al­ways been great sup­port­ers of us here in Lis­towel - and, in fact, our first race of the day, the 2:10, was the “Jet O’Car­roll” Memo­rial Ir­ish EBF Maiden.

“We’ve had a great open­ing three days and there’s plenty more to come.”

Mar­gueite Stack and Mar­garet Lynch from Moy­vane en­joy­ing day two of the Lis­towel Races on Mon­day.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Tim Fitzger­ald from Abbeyfeale and Des Mur­phy from Tar­bert dis­cussing the form at the Lis­towel Races on Mon­day.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Ber­tie Mur­phy sig­nalling a pos­i­tive note at the Lis­towel Races on Mon­day, pic­tured with John Stokes and David Daly.

Jennifer Lyons and Rhys Keane get­ting a good view of the ac­tion on the turf on Mon­day at the Lis­towel Races.

Young Lis­towel race­go­ers Sarah Cox and Grace Hart look like they’re be­com­ing solid fans of the sport of kings.

Suits you sirs! Steven Mol­loy, Birm­ing­ham , Adam Har­vey, Bally­bunion, and David Flahive Bally­bunion (now liv­ing in Swe­den ). All photos by Dom­nick Walsh

De­nis O’Con­nor from Abbey­dor­ney on the Is­land on Mon­day. Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

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