Free Tips For Thyestes Race Day 2020 At Gowran Park
Gowran Park stages its 2020 Thyestes Race Day on Thursday 23 January and racegoers are in for a real treat with Benie Des Dieux and Apple’s Jade set to clash with five other interesting rivals in the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle. Meanwhile, Willie Mullins saddles some strong contenders as he bids to win the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase for the fifth time in nine years.
Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Thyestes race Day.
John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle 2020 Analysis
13:50 at Gowran Park on 23rd January
Top-class horses like Presenting Percy and War Of Attrition have won the Galmoy Hurdle, but the 2020 edition looks the most interesting renewal since the race was established in 2002.
Mary Frances and Gardens Of Babylon receive weight form their five rivals but respective ratings of 127 and 139 suggest they should struggle in a classy field. It’s also asking a lot for the 11-year-old Killultagh Vic to find the sort of form that would have seen him give any of these a race in his prime. Death Duty also has plenty to find on official ratings and surely even Gordon Elliott can’t bring him back to beat today’s rivals after 758 days off the course.
Most pundits will bill this is a match between Benie Des Dieux and Apple’s Jade, with the former beating the latter on both previous occasions they’ve met. Benie Des Dieux would be unbeaten for Willie Mullins but for her famous last flight fall at last year’s Cheltenham Festival but this is her first run for 250 days.
Apple’s Jade is race-fit and came back to form with a bang when well-backed to win over a similar trip at Leopardstown over Christmas, so she won’t be taking any prisoners. However, both mares are penalized in this Grade 2 contest, whereas they would normally be getting 7lb from their male rivals.
Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase 2020 Analysis
15:00 at Gowran Park on 23rd January
A first prize of nearly €60,000 means the Thyestes Handicap Chase is normally a race that is targeted by many trainers. Recent renewals have been won either by classy horses that have proven themselves capable of winning graded races or lowly-weighted types that have been found a decent opportunity to exploit. Five of the last 10 winners have carried between 11-6 and 11-10, whilst the other five have carried no more than 10-7.
The horses near the top of the weights look somewhat exposed, but that hasn’t stopped Paul Townend picking top-weight Acapella Bourgeois. He’s 2lb higher than when third in the 2019 Irish Grand National but should relish the trip and the heavy ground, and it’s easy to see him being the favourite at the off. But the four previous Willie Mullins-trained winners in the last eight years all had more potential to improve, so it could be worth chancing something from near the bottom of the weights.
Mullins has Pont Aven in on just 10-5 but he was a big price when unseating last time off a low-weight and he looks the least fancied of the Mullins horses on jockey bookings. Joseph O’Brien also has a couple of unexposed low-weighted types in Choungaya and Smoking Gun. Both are making their handicap debuts over fences and have possibilities, but the stable’s poor current form is off-putting.
Gordon Elliott won the 2018 edition with a low-weighted horse for Gigginstown Stud, but former Irish National winner General Principle ideally wants further. He also has Roaring Bull, but the 7lb he went up for winning his last race means he has a few pounds more than ideal on his back.