Gowran Park is the venue for this afternoon’s exciting seven race national hunt card here in Ireland.A handy drive down from Dublin and a quick stop in the Lord Bagenal to see my Leighlinbridge mole who usually drops a jewel into the conversation as we sit around the open fire.You just have to be able to read the man and as with all great thinkers,it’s not about what he says,it’s usually what he doesn’t say that really matters.One things for sure,if a horse breaks a speed limit on the gallops around these parts our man will know all about it and sharpish.Interesting company to keep!
Canna has been nicely backed already for the opening juvenile hurdle at 12.15.Elliot thinks a lot of the horse and if judged on his debut run at Cork he is entitled to go close here.The ex Haggis horse Groomed was a relatively inexpensive Gigginstown purchase during the summer but is much respected given their record in these events.
The recent Wexford winner Cash And Go and Jenari look the principles in the two mile novice hurdle at 12.50.Shouldn’t be much between them in the betting although the early manoeuvres indicate that Cash And Go is slightly the stronger of the pair.Competitive Edge’s travels in the market should be noted while Stevie Ryder’s Pink Coat has reasonable place claims also.
The first of the handicaps at 1.25 is a typically open looking contest where Philip Fenton’s top weight On My Own looks to shoulder a mandatory six pound stopper for a Thurles victory of two days ago.Oliver Brady has the string in good form and Audrelles Lad is another to consider while buzz alert for the sixteen horse D’Tani who was taken at fancy prices early this morning.
The three mile handicap at 2.00 is another conundrum for backers.Horses to consider here are the recent Naas maiden winner One In A Milan ,Russell’s mount John The Soldier and J.P’s Micks who ran a useful second to the well handicapped Irish Soul on his latest start.
Call The Police has been all the rage for the beginnners chase (2.30) this morning with some firms even suggesting he might go off odds on.Let him win at that price I say,taking the odds in a beginners chase is usually a sure way to end up on your bank managers most wanted list.Plenty of potential each way plays here including veteran Aitmatov,the more than useful Gates Of Rome and the Gigginstown second string Start Me Up.
The two and a quarter mile handicap chase is next up at 3.05 and it’s a race where I might just play up a few hunches each way.Cloughmile is not badly handicapped on his best,Last Time D’Albain could be of interest if the market vibes are positive while Jim’s Minor Power showed much improved form at Naas a few weeks back and is another to consider at a fairish price.
Racing at Gowran closes with the bumper at 3.35,a race where Jessica’s Saluting brings the strongest form lines to the table.Two points to consider here.The stable had a four on ragged at Thurles the other day and they have a poor enough strike rate in bumpers here of 1 from 16 over the last five years.Blue Bicycle has a chance for Stevie Ryder while Done En Dusted is a more than useful point to pointer who has drawn twice already between the flags and could finish up being a decent each way price today.
Enjoy your racing at Gowran and do remember to call us here at Star Spreads for all the latest the latest positions from all of today’s meetings.Star Spreads the gentleman’s bookmaker …