Thyestes Day! Racing gets under way at Gowran from 1.15pm today

The big day has arrived

Thyestes Day really is something special

Djakadam and Ruby Walsh win the Thyestes Handicap Chase Gowran Park in 2015

Gowran's Park much-anticipated Thyestes Day is here at last, and excitement is building ahead of the first race which gets under way at 1.15pm.

There's plenty worth watching throughout the afternoon, with the action live on RTE 2 from 1.30pm. The main event is the Goffs Thyestes Chase, which commences at 3.25pm.

“As well as the big race it’s also a hugely informative card with a traditionally good maiden hurdle taking place as well as the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle which has seen previous big winners of the likes of Presenting Percy and Benie Des Deux,” Eddie Scally recently told the Kilkenny People.

“The concluding bumper nearly always brings out a good horse with the winner then going forward to Cheltenham so all in all we’ve a lot to look forward to.

“With everything that is going on in the country it is going to be a much changed Thyestes Day,” he said. “It will be very different but we are still very excited by the challenge of it all.”

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