Gowran Park Betting Tips For Thyestes Handicap Chase | Thursday 26th January
Ahead of his return from injury this weekend, jockey Robbie Power sat down with BoyleSports to run the rule over Thursday’s Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park.
The Gold Cup and Grand National winning jockey expresses how iconic the race is, how competitive the field could be & details his favourite tips in the betting this Thursday. Take a look below.
🏇 @Robbie_Power_ previews the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday.
🐴 Currently 21 competitive runners, where's the each-way value Robbie?
🤑 We're paying SIX places instead of four on this race!
— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) January 26, 2022
“It’s an iconic race that has been won by horses that have gone on to run very well in Gold Cups and this year’s race is also a very strong renewal. Chris’s Dream tops the weights off a rating of 162 and there’s so much strength and depth down to the bottom weights like Mister Fogpatches, who has been very consistent in these big handicaps.
“Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have over half the field between them, but Eklat De Rire for Henry De Bromhead is very interesting. He won very impressively at Wexford on his first start this season, although he was disappointing when pulled up in the big handicap chase at Newbury at the end of November when he started favourite.
“Maybe the ground that day was just too quick for him, there will be softer ground here. He’s a Grade 3 winner over fences as a novice and I fancied him to run well in the RSA last year, but unfortunately, he departed. He’s a horse that could be just above handicap company and if a class horse is going to win the Thyestes, I think it could be him.
“Towards the bottom end of the weights, Braeside probably comes into this with the best form in the book having won the Cork National beating Mister Fogpatches. He wasn’t beaten all that far in the big handicap chase at Christmas at Leopardstown behind Noel Meade’s Horse School Boy Honours. For each-way punters he would be my pick in the race with that light weight on his back, he’s got loads of experience and stamina is his forte.
“Paul Townend has opted for Franco De Port and if he gets the trip, he’d have to have a chance, but there are too any ifs and buts to be getting stuck into him.
“Agusta Gold has a few things going for her; first time tongue strap, first time blinkers and Danny Mullins knows her very well. She never showed up in the big handicap at Leopardstown at Christmas and she never got going, maybe getting back on softer ground will suit her. I wouldn’t be rushing out to back her, but with Willie Mullins they can always recover from bad runs.
“Longhouse Poet has a bit of class, he beat Run Wild Fred in a beginners’ chase back in 2020 at Punchestown over three miles, he wants soft ground and Martin Brassil knows what it takes to win a Thyestes. He’s going to have to improve an awful lot from his run at Limerick, but Martin Brassil is a very good trainer and the type who could improve it.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR ROBBIE POWER
Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power is BoyleSports’ Racing Ambassador and a successful National Hunt jockey with a number of wins and achievements under his belt.
These include the English Grand National at Aintree, the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.