Gowran Park host their big day on the Irish Racing Calendar tomorrow and the Goffs Thyestes Chase takes centre stage on a seven-race card. There’s plenty to look forward to apart from that and we take a look at some of the main contenders:
Thyestes Chase (2.25pm): My Murphy bids for back-to-back victories in this race but will find it far more difficult under a 9lb higher mark and with ground conditions different to last year. He beat Mala Beach (Gordon Elliot) into 2nd last year and its Elliot again who will provide the biggest danger(s) with a whopping seven entries from Cullentra House set to line up. Prince of Scars is currently vying for favouritism and will be popular having finished just behind A Toi Phil in the recent NEVILLE HOTELS NOVICE CHASE (GRADE 1). The Crafty Butcher (Willie Mullins) is also vying for favouritism but is only 3rd reserve so needs more than a few to come out at this stage. Mullins looks to have a strong chance nonetheless with Pleasant Company and this gelding bids to give the Master of Closutton his 4th winner of this race in the last 6 years. Perhaps the one to beat them all though is Measureofmydreams from Noel Meade’s yard. After a game of jockey musical chairs last Sunday Jonathon Moore was replaced by Sean Flanagan on Icecoldsoul who went on to take the €100,000 Coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown. There should be no such bad luck this time and Moore can scoop a big pot of his own.
Galmoy Hurdle (1.50pm): Alpha Des Obeaux took this for Mouse Morris last year and his representative this year, Milsean, has a lot to prove after two hugely disappointing efforts following his return from 18 months off the track. Gigginstown have farmed this race in recent years and Dedigout returns to try and recapture the race he won in 2015 and hasn’t raced over 3 miles since then. Clondaw Warrior finished 2 ½ lengths ahead of Snow Falcon last time out off level weights and is in receipt of 5lbs here. He would have been the selection off level weights and the allowance just heightens confidence. Shaneshill is no forlorn hope if none the worse for his recent fall in that Clondaw Warrior/Snow Falcon race over Christmas.
P.J.Foley Memorial INH Flat Race (4.10pm): This should be a race well worth sticking around to see as Champion Bumper favourite Getabird reappears again following his demolition of a decent field at Fairyhouse in early December. He cost €200,000 after winning a point-to-point at Largy in April, and faces a tougher time here against Hardline from Gordon Elliot’s but it will be hugely disappointing if he can’t follow up here on the way to a bold bid at Cheltenham. Currently around 9/2 for the Champion Bumper, those odds will be slashed should he oblige even half as impressively as he did on debut.
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