All roads lead to Gowran today for Thyestes Day

Gates open at 11am with the first race going to post at 12.45pm

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GOWRAN PARK LAUNCH

Barry Hickey, Statia Teehan and Jim Freeman at the Goffs Thyestes Chase Launch 2019 at Gowran Park. Picture: Pat Moore

Horse racing enthusiasts from around the country and further afield are flocking to Gowran today (Wednesday) for one of the flagship meetings of the Irish racing calendar.

Thyestes Day is one of those great days in Irish racing — one that never fails to produce. Previous winners of the main event read like a who’s who of Irish jump racing stars, from Arkle to Hedgehunter, from Flyingbolt to Djakadam. The Thyestes has long been recognised as a stepping stone for the Aintree Grand National, and in recent times, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

There will also be plenty of interest in the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle, which is regarded by some as a stayer’s hurdle trial for Cheltenham. Entries are always top class and racing fans are sure to be treated to some top class National Hunt racing.

Aside from what happens on the track, Gowran Park will boast top entertainment for everyone to enjoy before during and after racing. There will be live bands on all floors and outside, and a wide range of culinary delights to suit all palates.

The 2019 Goffs Thyestes Chase takes place at Gowran Park Racecourse today. Gates open at 11am with the first race going to post at 12.45pm.

Tickets are available at Gowran Park on the day, priced at €20 for adults and €15 for OAP/students. Courtesy buses will run from Kilkenny Castle Gates at 10.45am, and return one hour after the last race.