Crowds flocking to Gowran for Thyestes Chase

Horses on Parade before the big race at Thyestes Day in Gowran Park Racecourse.  (Photo: Eoin Hennessy)
Thousands of people are flocking to Gowran this afternoon, to catch the famous Thyestes Chase in its centenary year.

Thousands of people are flocking to Gowran this afternoon, to catch the famous Thyestes Chase in its centenary year.

The first running of the Thyestes took place in 1954, and has become the most important day in Kilkenny’s racing calendar year. The Grade A race is the biggest national hunt race in the south east with a prize pool of €100,000.

All the usual suspects will be involved today, and the main event will see four of Willie Mullins’ horses take the field. There’s plenty of other attractions as well, with the Most Stylish Lady competition being judged in the champagne tent.

The going is soft to heavy on the track, where 4mm of rain fell overnight. The first race is at 1.15.

The stage is set for a magnificent day out. Journalist Sam Matthews will be at the races, with live tweets from @SamAMatthewsKP and #Thyestes.