Rob the bookies with Outlaw Pete

  • By: Ben Coley
  • Last Updated: January 24 2013, 9:20 GMT

Outlaw Pete can outstay his rivals to win the Grade A Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park today according to our Ben Coley.

Willie Mullins can enjoy a successful day at Gowran Park

Gowran Park provides the most attractive punting opportunities today and none more so than Outlaw Pete in the Thyestes Chase.

Trained by John Halley and ridden by son Josh, who claims seven, he was last seen slamming Uncle Junior in a Cheltenham Cross Country Chase off a mark of 139, yet today he lines up off a mark of just 119.

Why? Because his form over regulation fences doesn't match what he's achieved in the Cross Country sphere, but there are reasons to believe that he's simply an improved horse and off a feather weight he must go close if that's the case.

Last time he ran over regulation fences, Outlaw Pete looked poised to win the Cork National before running out at the last and although 8lb higher here, it's a mark he fully deserves.

Prolific in point-to-points and the winner of four of his 15 starts under Rules, my only concern is that this one would probably prefer an extra half mile but this race has always been a slog and he'll be staying on better than most at the death.

Earlier on the card, Bog Warrior and Zaidpour bid to dismiss stamina doubts in the John Mulhem Galmoy Hurdle over three miles.

The latter has won over the trip and given that the front-running Bog Warrior hasn't, this might be a steadily run contest in which Zaidpour could be considered the value at odds-against.

It's also worth paying close attention to the opening race on the card as the potentially smart Dogora takes on Dalasiri, who landed a right old touch for connections last time.

Dalasiri's form looks stronger at this stage but connections have expressed concerns about the forecast bottomless ground, and with that and the record of Willie Mullins in mind his Dogora looks the most likely winner.


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