In the neighborhood-trained Ex Patriot would possibly praise each-way strengthen within the €100,00zero Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase in Gowran Park.
It’s the County Kilkenny monitor’s greatest assembly of the season.
And, simply 4 days after the Ballyhale Shamrocks’ All-Eire Ultimate heroics, the village of Ballyhale may well be set for additional celebrations if Ex Patriot, educated by means of Ellmarie Holden for her father Paul, can land the Thyestes.
A 2d season beginner, Ex Patriot has triumphed two times over fences, together with the Shamrock Handicap Chase (Grade B) in this monitor final March.
In his early tours over fences, he formed with promise in the back of Grade 1 performers A Plus Tard and Cilaos Emery (at this assembly final yr).
And he has carried out creditably in graded beginner corporate, completing a forged 3rd in the back of next Grade 1 winner Battleoverdoyen and 150-rated Any 2nd Now within the Florida Pearl at Punchestown in November.
Closing time, he used to be crushed not up to 5 lengths when fourth to Oldgrangewood in a aggressive handicap in Cheltenham.
Despite the fact that he has but to turn out his skill to stick this prolonged commute in trying out flooring, Ex Patriot appeals as an each-way funding in a tricky race as his rider Derek O’Connor bids to change into the primary beginner to win the Thyestes since Niall Madden (on Numbersixval- verde) in 2005.
Each Willie Mullins, who has received the race seven instances, and Gordon Elliott, a success with Monbeg Infamous (runs once more) in 2018, will each saddle six of the eighteen runners.
Strong-jockey Paul Townend will probably be on board Mullins-trained top-weight Acapella Bourgeois, runner-up to Gold Cup winner and stable-companion Al Boum Picture at Tramore on New 12 months’s Day, when receiving 11lb from the winner.
Every other to notice from the Closutton problem is Robbie Energy’s mount Chef Des Obeaux, an crowd pleasing 5th in the back of Roaring Bull within the Paddy Energy at Leopardstown.
The Bull, up 7lb for his last-ditch defeat of Fitzhenry, leads Elliott’s group, which additionally contains Galway Plate victor Borice, final noticed when unplaced within the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November.
Every other to notice is Joseph O’Brien’s beginner Smoking Gun, a success at Punchestown on New Years Eve and certain to relish this take a look at of stamina.
In the meantime, the forged of peak mares Apple’s Jade and Benie Des Dieux within the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle threaten to overshadow nowadays’s Gowran Park characteristic tournament.
An 11 time winner at Grade 1 degree, Apple’s Jade, above, bounced again to her easiest when bolting up at Leopardstown over Christmas, slamming Unowhatimeanharry by means of 17 lengths.
With a health edge, and Davy Russell on board for the primary time since
successful at Leopardstown’s 2017 Christmas assembly, Apple’s Jade will probably be tricky to overcome.
However marginal desire is for Benie, an actual favorite of mine, having her first run since successful the French Champion Hurdle final Might and, if with regards to top health, is able to toppling the Elliott mare.
And Willie Mullins supplies Gowran Park’s banker guess nowadays, Aione, the mount of Rachael Blackmore and bidding to construct on his hurdling debut 2d to House Through The Sea at Fairyhouse, within the RED Generators Women Public sale maiden Hurdle.
Peter O’Hehir’s pointers for Gowran Park
12.45. Our Roxane
1.20. Aione (nap)
1.50. Benie Des Dieux
2.25. Eleazar Des Neiges
3.00. Ex Patriot
4.10. Homme D’un Soir
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