Preview Gowran Park 18th Feb

Fri 17th Feb 2017, 14:20

Jezki continues on the comeback trail in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday.

The 2014 Champion Hurdle hero was forced to sit on the sidelines for the best part of two years but showed all of his old sparkle when returning with a decisive success at Navan last month.

That was over two miles, the same distance as this assignment, but he is also a Grade One winner over three miles and his performance here is likely to decide whether he tries to regain his Champion crown or steps up for the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Tombstone has nearly three lengths to make up on Jezki from Navan but tries his luck again, with the field completed by Rashaan, Rory O'Moore and Rock On Rosie.

The Red Mills Chase has cut up a bit but seems a decent opportunity for Ballycasey to regain the winning thread.

Victorious at this Grade Two level over course and distance in October, the grey was then tapped for toe in the Fortria Chase and has been freshened up since.

His opposition is headed by the Gigginstown pair of Mozoltov and Clarcam, with Montys Meadow rounding out the field.

Mall Dini has been really costly to follow over fences but last year's Pertemps Final winner is sure to have his supporters again in the opening www.gowranpark.ie Beginners Chase at 1.20.

Pat Kelly's stable star locks horns with Bachasson, who hasn't shown his true colours over the larger obstacles yet but was a Grade Three winner as a novice hurdler.

Dandy Mag is a half-brother to Vroum Vroum Mag so all eyes will be on him as he starts off under Rules in the Sea Moon & Shantou At Burgage Stud Maiden Hurdle, while Hurricane Fly's half-sister Blixt begins her career in the EBF Ronan Lawlor Memorial Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

Definite Ruby struck over timber at Punchestown and reverts to fences for the Sea Moon & Shantou At Burgage Stud Maiden Hurdle.

Cue Card primed for Ascot Chase bid

Colin Tizzard reports Cue Card in tip-top shape as the admirable 11-year-old bids to win the Betfair Ascot Chase for a second time on Saturday.

THE IRISH TIMES