gowran park 24th Jan
Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase day is upon us again and Willie Mullins relies solely on top-weight Bishopsfurze in Thursday's feature at Gowran Park.
The eight-year-old heads the ante-post market, having returned with a convincing success over timber at Thurles in November.
He has to take on some up-and-coming chasers, though, notably Paul Nolan's recent Punchestown winner Panther Claw and the Colm Murphy-trained The Westener Boy, who will find this more to his liking than the Grade One he contested at Leopardstown over the festive period.
The John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle is the chief supporting race and sees a fascinating clash between Zaidpour and Bog Warrior.
Zaidpour took this 12 months ago and lost little in defeat behind Monksland in the Christmas Hurdle last time, but Bog Warrior's Punchestown trouncing of Solwhit was boosted by the winner last weekend, and he is enjoying himself over timber at present.
Mullins already has a strong Triumph Hurdle squad and Dogora could force his way into the picture in the opening Nugent Spirit 25 Horsebox Hurdle at 1.25.
The French import created a strong impression at Limerick and should prove too classy for fellow last-start winners Dalasiri and Hartside.
Sizing Tennessee is another with Cheltenham potential and aims to underline the promise of his Punchestown victory in the P.J. Foley Memorial INH Flat Race.
Bell Weir went down by just a neck on his jumping debut at Tramore on New Year's Day and there will be many who expect him to better that in the Four Star Langton House Hotel Maiden Hurdle.
Similarly Jack Bene is less exposed than the majority of his rivals in the KCLR 96FM Heart Of Carlow Kilkenny Carey's Cottage Cup Handicap Chase and could improve on his recent Cork second, while Navan scorer Barneys Honour has a 14lb rise to contend with in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.
Willie Mullins just relies on Bishopsfurze in the €90,000 Goffs Thyestes Chase and the 5/1 favourite with Paddy Power will carry topweight of 11st7lb after a maximum field of 18 were declared for tomorrow’s Gowran Park showpiece.