Daily Review

Listowel National Hunt Flat Race Friday 14th September

15-September-2018 9:02
in General
by Admin

While all the attention was on that the flat at Doncaster yesterday (well all week really) I have kept up with my prep work for when the new season really kicks in. I have not watched one second of one race from Doncaster this week and thank god I didn’t, particularly yesterday as I may well have missed, what on the face of it, looked like an ordinary Irish mares National Hunt Flat Race from Listowel at 5.50, when most folk would be leaving other courses or on way home from work.


I liked the shape of the race from the first look in the morning. Plenty of good yards, mixture of form, some interesting pedigrees. I must admit it was for me, at any rate in the top 3 bumpers to be run since 1stJune, so it was well worth paying attention too.


The race itself was run at a reasonable pace so we can view that as a positive. 

The winner, Sassy yet Classy,had the benefit of a run, having finished 4thbehind, what am sure will turn out to be a very good early season horse in Gypsy Island. Her trainer, Peter Fahey, talks of this horse in glowing terms as being one of the best 4yo in his yard and will be aimed at a Listed or graded Bumper, at Gowran Park. That’s some statement after a Ballinrobe Bumper and one not to be ignored.

So, given the way Sassy yet Classyfinished her debut race behind Gypsy Island, it does frank the form of that race, but gypsy Island in a fabulous light and we are able to rate this race far better than we would have normally been able to do so.

Sassy yet Classygot home here on her class, given the way the race was run, she was bustled along too far out but in the end the power and the experience were brought to bear and Jamie Codd, a master of his profession, got her home, with more in the tank than was obvious at the time. She clearly needs further already and should be noted over 20f in Novice Hurdles if her trainer decided to go that way, personally I think it’s pointless running her in bumpers under a penalty now as she will only better horses as the weeks go by and, frankly, that would just run the guts out of her. However, as she is trained by Gordon Elliott I can’t see that happening.


Earth Sisterran well for a long well way in this and did well to finish 2nd, but she holds the form down if you take the result. If she met a few of the horses behind her in a few weeks’ time I am sure she would be well beaten as so can easily be dismissed for form proposes here.

Cotton Endfinished 3rdcame from a long way back on this his debut and will come on for this. By Scorpion out of a Linamix mare, she is bred for the game and could well take a bumper in the coming weeks. She looks a substantial model and given her pedigree, 2m4f with cut will be her ideal scenario, but for now I am confident a bumper is there for the taking and it will be interesting to see which one she turns up in in the coming weeks.


N’aarete J’maisfinished 4thand made an eye-catching debut. Up there just in behind a decent pace all the way and was only run out of it in the final furlong. By Martaline, she is yet to reveal her true trip and conditions but given the way she went here I think we can expect a bold show next time out, in a mare’s bumper.  

Long term, make a note of Late Again, a daughter of Presenting out of a Be My Native mare. A pedigree of an out and out staying Chaser, and she runs like like it. I though it was admirable and brave the way she ran on at the end, and she has run very similar races previously. All this experiance wont be lost on her when she comes to do her proper job of 3mile chasing on a stiff or park track in good to sof/soft conditions. Keep her on your side, his lady is no mug and her trainer is one of the shredwst men in the game.

Marked up and tracked: -

Cotton End

N’aarete J’mais 


Collateral form to mark up: -

Gypsy Island 

Pete Ingram  






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