14:50 Gowran Park

Thursday 26 January 2023

All13:0513:4014:1514:5015:2515:5516:25

    Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (Grade A)

  • 5YO plus  |   3m 1f  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   18 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:51  |   Winning time: 6m 50.02s
1
Horse silk
Escaria Tenb56
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-12| J: A P Heskin| T: G Elliott| OR:  151| D
9/1
Very smart chaser who shaped well when 2 lengths second of 5 in Thurles listed race on his reappearance last month. Lightly raced enough to think he could yet have a bigger performance in him.
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2
Horse silk
Pencilfullofleadp1,t70
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-11| J: Mr R James(7)| T: G Elliott| OR:  150
15/2
7¾ lengths last of 4 to Blue Lord in Clonmel Oil Chase (8/1) at Clonmel (20.4f, heavy) 70 days ago. Up in trip. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Entitled to build on that and has services of useful amateur.
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3
Horse silk
Carefully Selected30
Age: 11|  Weight: 11-8| J: P Townend| T: W P Mullins| OR:  147
9/2
Respectable eleventh of 28 in handicap chase (16/1) at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft) 30 days ago. Trainer going well. Claims if building on that.
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4
Horse silk
Coko Beachb60
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-6| J: B W Harvey(5)| T: G Elliott| OR:  145| CD
12/1
C&D winner. 40/1, respectable fourth of 18 in handicap chase at Navan (24f, heavy) 60 days ago. Others more persuasive.
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5
Horse silk
Gabbys Cross30
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-5| J: Rachael Blackmore| T: H De Bromhead| OR:  144
7/1
Latest win in chase at Galway in July. Back from 3 months off when good sixth of 28 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft) 30 days ago. Stable in good form. Solid claims.
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6
Horse silk
Frontal Assaultb28
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-3| J: K E Buckley(5)| T: G Elliott| OR:  142
10/1
1 win from 3 runs this season. 25/1, below form 31½ lengths third of 7 to Gaillard Du Mesnil in Neville Hotels (Fort Leney) Novices' Chase at Leopardstown (24f, soft) 28 days ago. Others more appealing.
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7
Horse silk
Braesidep53
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-2| J: D F O'Regan| T: G Elliott| OR:  141
80/1
28/1, tailed-off ninth of 12 to Punitive in handicap chase at Fairyhouse (29f, heavy) 53 days ago. Risky proposition at present.
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8
Horse silk
Espanito Bello89
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-1| J: M J M O'Sullivan(5)| T: B Connell| OR:  140
8/1
Back from 10 months off when respectable fifth of 16 in handicap hurdle at Galway (22f, heavy) 89 days ago. Fairly treated, returned to chasing, and is not out of things.
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9
Horse silk
Defi Bleup,t30
Age: 10|  Weight: 10-13| J: Mr H C Swan(7)| T: G Elliott| OR:  138| D
25/1
Unreliable individual. 50/1, below form seventeenth of 28 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft) 30 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.
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10
Horse silk
Lieutenant Commandp129
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-13| J: B J Cooper| T: N Meade| OR:  138
40/1
Below form fifth of 13 in handicap chase at Limerick (19.7f, heavy, 18/1) 29 days ago. Up in trip. Hopes may rest on first-time cheekpieces.
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11
Horse silk
Punitiveb53
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-12| J: J C Gainford| T: G Elliott| OR:  137
10/1
In good form this season, second at Galway and Cheltenham before getting back to winning ways in valuable Porterstown handicap at Fairyhouse last month. 8 lb higher now but expected to go well again.
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12
Horse silk
Donkey Yearsp,t30
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-9| J: C P McNamara| T: E McNamara| OR:  134
14/1
Unseated rider latest but had posted good third of 16 in handicap chase at Limerick (24f, soft, 6/1) previously and merits consideration.
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13
Horse silk
Dunboynep36
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-8| J: Sam Ewing| T: G Elliott| OR:  133| C
25/1
Unreliable sort. Course winner in November. 12/1, pulled up in minor event chase at Fairyhouse (21f, heavy) 36 days ago, never going well from early final circuit. Others more persuasive.
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14
Horse silk
Egality Mansp30
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-8| J: S F O'Keeffe| T: W P Mullins| OR:  133| D
28/1
Cheekpieces on for 1st time, possibly amiss when pulled up in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft, 22/1) 30 days ago, pulled up before last. Trainer going well. Something to find on form.
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15
Horse silk
Captain Kangaroot30
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-7| J: K Callaghan(7)| T: W P Mullins| OR:  132
20/1
Latest win in chase at Cork in November. Failed to complete twice since and makes limited appeal.
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16
Horse silk
Fakierab11
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-7| J: S W Flanagan| T: G Elliott| OR:  132
12/1
Remains a maiden over fences but posted good second of 10 in handicap chase (5/1) at Punchestown (22.7f, heavy) latest and is only 1 lb higher here.
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17
Horse silk
Darrens Hope67
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-6| J: D E Mullins| T: R Murphy| OR:  131
13/2
2 wins from 6 runs this season. Career best when winning 5-runner novice chase at Punchestown (22.6f, good to soft, 20/1) 67 days ago. Warrants respect back handicapping.
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18
Horse silk
Flash De Touzaine29
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-6| J: R Deegan| T: Miss E Doyle| OR:  131
33/1
Running creditably when fell in handicap chase at Limerick (19.7f, heavy, 10/1) 29 days ago. Others look better treated, however.
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Non-Runners

19
Horse silk
Rambranlt'jac60
Weight: 10-5|  Age: 7
T: W P Mullins  J: Reserve 1
NR
20
Horse silk
Stones And Roses30
Weight: 10-5|  Age: 9
T: W P Mullins  J: Reserve 2
NR
21
Horse silk
Regina Dracones30
Weight: 10-2|  Age: 8
T: T Gibney  J: Reserve 3
NR

Forecasts

Carefully Selected (9/2), Darrens Hope (13/2), Gabbys Cross (7/1), Pencilfulloflead (15/2), Espanito Bello (8/1), Escaria Ten (9/1), Frontal Assault (10/1), Punitive (10/1), Coko Beach (12/1), Fakiera (12/1), Donkey Years (14/1), Rambranlt'jac (20/1), Captain Kangaroo (20/1), Dunboyne (25/1), Defi Bleu (25/1), Egality Mans (28/1), Flash De Touzaine (33/1), Lieutenant Command (40/1), Stones And Roses (50/1), Regina Dracones (50/1), Braeside (80/1)

Verdict

Preference is for GABBYS CROSS, who shaped well on his return from a 3-month absence at Leopardstown last time and remains on a workable mark. Punitive and Escaria Ten head the list of dangers in a typically competitive renewal of this contest.

Previous Winners

2022
Longhouse Poet
Weight: 10-9  |Age: 8
9/1

Prize Money

1st: €60,000.002nd: €20,000.003rd: €10,000.004th: €5,000.005th: €3,000.006th: €2,000.00

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