Timeform Irish Daily: Kerry National, Wednesday, Listowel 16:05

The Kerry National is the highlight of the Listowel Festival

Timeform offer a runner-by-runner guide to the feature contest of the Listowel Harvest Festival: The Kerry National...

King Ali has shaped very well on his last 2 starts over hurdles and should prove hard to beat if reproducing those efforts back over fences...

Casey Top is a useful chaser who won at Killarney in May from Tranquil Sea. Further improvement when second to Bob Lingo in Galway Plate last time and conditions look ideal for another bold showing.

Whodoyouthink benefited from smart ride to score over hurdles at Wexford in March, and easy winner over fences at Punchestown in May. However, he took little interest last time and needs a career best effort.

Fosters Cross is a strong traveller who has bounced back to his very best of late, scoring over fences at Galway last week. Has failed to complete in last 2 renewals of this, though, and very best form at 2m.

Themoonandsixpence is a useful hurdler/chaser who has not been seen since finishing second in the 2010 Galway Plate. Not badly treated on that effort and top yard can ready one after an absence.

Alpine Eagle is a useful hurdler/chaser who was better than ever when scoring over fences at Tipperary in June. Creditable efforts on completed starts since, but he is not sure to stay this longer trip.

Wellforth is a better chaser than hurdler and has scored four times since the turn of the year, including his last 2 starts, scoring easily at Bangor on latest. This is a good deal tougher, though.

Start Me Up got off the mark over fences in 3m Navan maiden in December, and creditable efforts all 3 completed starts in this sphere since. Entitled to come on for recent return over hurdles and respected.

Campbonnais was successful in Connacht National last term and ran creditably when placed this season, third to Victrix Gale on penultimate start. Joined a yard struggling for winners since disappointing last time.

Deal Done hasn't won for a while but showed he retains plenty of ability when sixth in the Irish Grand National in April and not disgraced when seventh in Galway Plate last time. Blinkers back on.

Premier Dane has been a revelation since joining current yard, scoring on all 3 starts, including twice over hurdles. Remains fairly treated in this sphere, but heavy ground is a definite concern.

Caduceus is a progressive staying chaser who has won 3 of his last 4 starts, landing competitive handicap at Punchestown in May. Testing conditions won't pose a problem, but further progress needed.

Jamsie Hall has been hit and miss over fences since regaining winning thread in a 21f Tramore handicap hurdle in June. Ran well over hurdles last time, but seems better under less testing conditions.

Our Victoria is a pretty reliable mare who is capable of useful form when on song, as shown when third to Ainama in Connacht National at Roscommon penultimate start. Let down by jumping in easier contest last time.

Questions Answered was a fairly useful hurdler/chaser at best, but lightly raced since 2010. Shaped as if in need of return over hurdles last time and market will prove best guide as to expectations back in this sphere.

Quietly Fancied was back to form when third to Caduceus in handicap at Punchestown on return, racing prominently throughtout. Has developed a patchy profile, though, and not guaranteed to back that effort up.

Ponmeoath is a significantly better chaser than hurdler, but shaped well when fourth at Roscommon last time. Won this in 2007 and 2008, and has been given a chance by the handicapper.

King Ali is a useful sort who has proven better than ever over timber of late, scoring at Sligo before good second to Bob Lingo at Killarney last time. Will go close if reproducing that form back over fences.

Save My Blushes produced his best effort for some time when fourth to Kalellshan in a handicap chase at Killarney last time. Makes debut for new yard here but best watched in a race as competitive as this.

Shabra Charity has won twice over fences this summer, but below best on last 2 starts over timber and looks up against it returned to the larger obstacles. Reserve 1

Faltering Fullback's form tailed off after a good second over timber at this meeting last season, and hasn't shown anything this term to suggest a revival is on the cards here. Reserve 2.

Timeform 1-2-3:
1. King Ali
2. Casey Top
3. Deal Done

Timeform View: King Ali has shaped very well on his last 2 starts over hurdles and should prove hard to beat if reproducing those efforts back over fences. Casey Top looks sure to give his running and looks the biggest threat, with Deal Done also capable of getting involved.

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