Large crowds set to flock to Gowran tomorrow

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

NO REPRO FEE: Pictured at the announcement of details of the 2015 Goffs Thyestes Chase, which takes place at Gowran Park Race Course on Thursday 22nd January and carries a ��100,000 prize pool, were from left: horse trainer Willie Mullins; Henry Beeby, Group Chief Executive, Goffs; Paul Townend on On His Own, 2014 Goffs Thyestes Chase Winners; jockey Patrick Mullins; Joe Connolly, Managing Director, Connolly�"s REDMILLS.  Up to 6,000 attendees are expected to attend the first racing event of the season at Gowran Park that will mark a new century of racing at the Kilkenny race track. Karen Fitzpatrick will also judge the Most Stylish Lady competition offering a luxury ��1,500 Kilkenny city shopping & leisure prize comprising a ��500 voucher for MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, a ��500 voucher for Lorimat Jewellers and a ��500 stay & dine package for the Pembroke Hotel. Photo: Pat Moore.
Over 6,000 people are expected through the gates of Gowran Park tomorrow (Thursday) for this year’s Goffs Thyestes Chase.

Over 6,000 people are expected through the gates of Gowran Park tomorrow (Thursday) for this year’s Goffs Thyestes Chase.

Complementing the Thyestes will be the €40,000 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle. But it’s the main event that will garner the most interest, with local trainer Willie Mullins looking for a record-breaking sixth victory.

Last year’s winner, On His Own, heads the weights (12st) for the €100,000 race. The 11-year-old is one of four entries from Mullins’ yard, potentially joined by Djakadam (10st 9lbs), Dogora (10st 2lbs) and Abbey Lane (9st 10lbs).

Jadanli won the race for trainer Paul Gilligan in 2013 and he’s given 9st 2lbs this time around. Foxrock (10st 13lbs) could represent trainer Ted Walsh, while Tony Martin looks set to rely on Gallant Oscar, who would certainly be fanciable under 9st 11lbs.

Other previous-winning trainers with possible runners include Jim Dreaper, who has entered Goonyella (9st 11lbs), while Charlie Swan has Make A Track (10st 6lbs).

“Looking at the entries, the 2015 Goffs Thyestes Chase could be one of the most exciting to date with the cream of racing involved and the potential for history to be made if our local trainer Willie Mullins notches up a sixth win in the race,” said Eddie Scally, general manager of Gowran Park Racecourse.

“Separate to the racing, we’ve a great line-up of entertainment over the course of the day, including the Most Stylish Lady competition. I invite everyone to come and mark a new century of racing at Gowran Park at this year’s Goffs Thyestes.”

Gowran Park will open at 11am tomorrow (Thursday) and the first race takes place at 1.15pm. Tickets are available at Gowran Park on the day, priced at €20 for adults and €15 for OAP/Students.