The Joseph O’Brien-trained Prairie Dancer, ridden by JJ Slevin, ran out the comfortable winner of the feature race on Day two of the Listowel Harvest Festival, the Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue 4-year-old Hurdle.
Prairie Dancer had finished third in the Galway Hurdle and his jockey spoke to Dave Keena after Monday’s big race and said he was delighted he got his head in front today. JJ also looked ahead to his ride on Busselton in Wednesday’s Guinness Kerry National.
“We love him around the place” said Slevin of Prairie Dancer.
“Every day he goes out he gives his run-in. An amazing race in Galway he ran, considering he’d only ran two days before it and didn’t run great.and only got in first reserve.”
“When he gets out and gets going it takes a fair one to come and get him, and if you can get him, fill him up about five or six runs from home, it’s going to take a good one to get him. We didn’t really get that luxury in Galway, we got taken on a bit and it just found him out in the last furlong-and-a-half, but a great run there today in fairness.”
Racing continues at the Listowel Harvest Festival on Tuesday with the first gong to post at 1.25 for the Irish Stallion Farms EPB Maiden two-year-old which will include Carlow trainer Jim Bolger’s Young Ireland with Kevin Manning on board.