Willie Mullins - good record in Thyestes Chase
Willie Mullins, the man with the golden touch in the Goffs Thyestes Chase, will be hoping to add to his ever lengthening list of winners at the €100,000 Gowran Park blue riband event on Thursday.
No trainer has a better record in the race than Mullins, who has saddled six winners.
This time Mullins will send out joint-favourite, Polidam, as well as Pleasant Company and Isleofhopeandreams as he bids to extend his winning run.
Trainer Gordon Elliott has never won the Thyestes. This time he will send 10 runners to post as he bids to break his duck.
The first of the seven race card will get underway at 12.50pm, and the going is expected to be heavy.
A free shuttle bus will operate from Kilkenny Castle for fans attending Gowran Park. The service begins two hours before the start of the opening race.
The Thyestes Chase is run over a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong, and there are 17 fences to be jumped.
It was first run in 1954.
A number of winners in the past have gone on to win the Grand National, including Hedgehunter and Numbersixvalverde.
Perhaps the most famous winners were the great Arkle back in 1964 and Flyingbolt two years later.