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Gowran Park

Thu, 24th Jan, 2013

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Goffs Thyestes Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A) of £80,000.00 5-y-o plus

3m. 1f. 1st - £52,000.00 2nd - £16,000.00 3rd - £8,000.00 4th - £3,200.00 20 Declared Heavy Fine


Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - I put a ring around nine names when having a look at this last week and five of them remain in the final field, namely Bishopsfurze, Son Amix, Sole Witness, The Westener Boy and TOON RIVER. Firstly, seeing as Bishopsfurze is locally owned and trained, this likely has been in mind for some time. Can he concede weight all round though – it's a tough ask and he hardly represents much in the way of value from a betting point of view. Son Amix had been touted by some good judges for the Paddy Power, and after being forced to miss that big-money Christmas event, the grey comes here with a solid chance. I certainly wouldn't put anyone off investing in this fellow each-way. The Westener Boy, like Son Amix, makes his handicap bow now and he has a massive chance with Tony McCoy in the plate. It'll be mightily interesting to see how he goes in the betting. Sole Witness was good at Navan last time and he'll justifiably have plenty of followers with local lad Ben Dalton in the plate. Wily old fox, David Casey is no stranger to winning this south eastern highlight with successes on On His Own, Hedgehunter and This Is Serious already under his belt and the County Waterford native could make his presence felt in his neighbouring county again, aboard Toon River. Plenty of horses have triumphed in this exciting spectacle in the past, that had shown a liking for Gowran before that, and Toon River certainly has that string to his bow. In two visits here he's won a maiden hurdle and finished second to the very classy Aupcharlie. The prominent racer can give his backers – at fancy odds – a good run for their money.

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An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Weights - An extended handicap steeplechase for five yrs old and upwards
Riders - Winner of a steeplechase or steeplechases after calculation of the handicap shall carry any penalty or penalties which may be allotted by the Handicapper. Alternative Handicap

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581-Bishopsfurze 8,b g 11-7

Broadway Flyer-Supreme Dipper

(1)(The Gogo Partnership)
Rated 138

W P Mullins

R Walsh

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1-6-Son Amix 7,gr g 11-4

Fragrant Mix-Immage

(1)(Whitechurch Stud Syndicate)
Rated 135

Thomas Cooper

B J Cooper

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081-Sole Witness 9,b g 11-0

Witness Box-Deeco Valley

(1)(Frances J Savage)
Rated 131

C A McBratney

B R Dalton(5)

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31p-The Westener Boy 6,b g 11-0

Westerner-Designer Lady

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 131

C A Murphy

A P McCoy

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pp0-Medical Card 9,b g 10-13

Flemensfirth-Me Grannys Endoors

(Blinkers)(1)(Neighbours Racing Club)
Rated 130

A J Martin

P Carberry

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524-Belle Brook 9,b m 10-10

Alderbrook-River Lodge

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Mrs K A Cullen)
Rated 127

Michael Cullen

N P Madden

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314-Glenquest 10,b g 10-10

Turtle Island-Solar Quest

(Blinkers)(1)(Coolglen Syndicate)
Rated 127

S R B Crawford

P Townend

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882-Tullintain 10,b g 10-8


(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(Niamh C Kelly)
Rated 125

Robert Tyner

P T Enright

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45-pJadanli 11,b g 10-7

Saddlers' Hall-Testaway

(Cheekpiece)(1)(Natalie Gilligan)
Rated 124

Paul John Gilligan

A E Lynch

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33-pSumkindasuprstar 9,b g 10-7


(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(L O'Connor)
Rated 124

John O Clifford

H D Dunne(7)

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11-6Come To The Party 10,b g 10-6

Taipan-Iron Mariner

(1)(Mr R E Hill)
Rated 123

Harry Chisman

J R Barry

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42-1Panther Claw 7,gr g 10-6

Old Vic-Rose Of Inchiquin

(1)(Gigginstown House Stud)
Rated 123

Paul Nolan

M N Doran(5)

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f1-9Ros Brin 7,b f 10-6

Brian Boru-African Miss

(1)(High On A Hill Syndicate)
Rated 123

G A Kingston

S J Gray(3)

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1-14Tarquinius 10,gr g 10-6

Turgeon-Shannon Bells

(Blinkers,Tonguestrap)(1)(The Stars & Diamonds Racing Partnershi)
Rated 123

Miss K Frisby

D J Condon

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2p-2Toon River 8,b g 10-6

Witness Box-Melody Thyne

(1)(Teergay Syndicate)
Rated 123

Miss Mary Louise Hallahan

D J Casey

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35-pIn Great Form 8,b g 10-3

Flemensfirth-Mood I'm In

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 120

F Flood

M P Walsh

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r31-Outlaw Pete 9,b g 10-2

Witness Box-Supreme Style

(1)(John P McManus)
Rated 119

John Halley

Mr Josh Halley(7)

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91-3Murchu 7,b g 9-10

Oscar-Bottle A Knock

(Tonguestrap)(1)(Oceans Racing)
Rated 113

Tim Vaughan

M A Enright(5)

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1-f3Saoirse Dun 7,b g 9-10

Flemensfirth-Dorrha Rose

(1)(TMSC Partnership)
Rated 113

P J Rothwell

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0f5-Boland's Corner 8,br g 9-10

Fraam-Bravo Gorl

(Blinkers)(1)(Ruaidhri Joseph Tierney)
Rated 113

Ruaidhri Joseph Tierney

Long Handicap Saoirse Dun 10-5, Boland's Corner 10-5.

Probable SP 5/1 Bishopsfurze, 8/1 Glenquest, Outlaw Pete, Tullintain, 9/1 Panther Claw, 10/1 Sole Witness, The Westener Boy, 14/1 Tarquinius, Son Amix, Murchu, In Great Form, 16/1 Come To The Party, 20/1 Toon River, Jadanli, Ros Brin, Sumkindasuprstar, Medical Card, 25/1 Others.

Previous Years
2012 On His Own 8 10-2 D J Casey 10/1 (W P Mullins)
2011 Siegemaster 10 11-7 D N Russell 16/1 (D T Hughes)
2010 Whinstone Boy 9 9-11 S W Flanagan 5/1 (James Joseph Mangan)
2009 Preists Leap 9 10-10 P T Enright 20/1 (Thomas Gerard O'Leary)
2008 Preists Leap 8 10-2 P T Enright 20/1 (Thomas Gerard O'Leary)
2007 Homer Wells 9 10-2 D J Condon 16/1 (W P Mullins)
2006 Dun Doire 7 9-10 P Carberry 9/4Fav (A J Martin)
2005 Numbersixvalverde 9 10-5 Mr N P Madden 8/1 (Martin Brassil)
2004 Hedgehunter 8 10-2 D J Casey 100/30Fav (W P Mullins)
2003 Be My Belle 7 10-0 T J Murphy 4/1 (S J Treacy)
2002 This Is Serious 8 10-0 D J Casey 10/1 (C F Swan)
2001 Bob Treacy 12 10-8 J L Cullen 12/1 (M W Hickey)