Preview Gowran Park 24th Nov

Fri 23rd Nov 2012, 14:10

Gowran Park takes centre stage on Saturday with the Carlow I.T. Students Day @ Gowran Park December 13th Chase the feature on a seven-race card.

All eyes will be on Hidden Cyclone following his impressive Naas reappearance success and it is worth noting that he has only met defeat twice in his career so far.

He remains a chaser of considerable promise although he does take on some smart rivals this afternoon, not least Call The Police, who would surely have won but for a last flight fall at Punchestown when last seen back in May.

He receives 4lb from the former this afternoon while Tillahow made a winning chasing debut at Thurles recently and is definitely worth a crack at a race of this nature.

Racing begins at 12.30 with the Gowran Park Christmas Gift Vouchers 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle and French recruit Diakali is sure to prove popular making his first start since joining the Willie Mullins operation.

A decent maiden on the flat in his homeland, he takes on the Curragh flat maiden winner Vedani and both are interesting recruits to this code.

Mullins again looks to hold strong claims on the subsequent Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Novice Hurdle with Reine Angevine, a bumper winner back in the summer who looked potentially very smart when opening her account over hurdles at the first time of asking here last month.

Heading the list of dangers are recent maiden hurdle winners Blacklough and Roguw Angel in another highly informative event.

The Gowran Park Racing Club 2013 Handicap Hurdle could centre around a couple of recent winners in Punchestown maiden hurdle scorer Jupitor and recent chasing victor Selection Box.

The Irish Racing Yearbook Handicap Chase brings proceedings to a close and Reality Dose is the one who takes the eye having returned from over two years off the track with a fine third at Thurles recently.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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