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Trustyourinstinct and back last year's winner!

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Trustyourinstinct had won the Thomastown Race in 2023 and the 6/5 favourite returned to Gowran to repeat the dose under Declan McDonogh

J P McManus' homebred son of Churchill was well-in at the weights and McDonogh kept things simple on Joseph O'Brien's four-year-old who made all to beat Cristal Cleere by three and a quarter lengths.

That takes his tally on the Flat to three wins from four starts and he added a hurdles victory at Tramore last month. 

Racing manager Frank Berry remarked: “He enjoyed that, he's a bit happier at that than he is over hurdles.

“He liked the ground and was probably the best horse in the race beforehand. He did it nicely, stretched away nicely.

“I don't know where Joseph will go next with him, he might go back over hurdles again and see how we go. He enjoys that ground.

“He's getting the hang of the jumping eventually and we have a few choices coming up with him, we'll see what Joseph wants to do."

Quotes from Gary Carson

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About Mark Nunan
Mark has followed racing since he was a teenager and worked for many years as a broadcaster with the Irish version of Racecall. He joined the Press Association in 2019 and is also a contributor to the Racing Post. A native of Kildare, he now lives in Sligo.