The Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase is always one of the season’s features in Ireland and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is here to mark your card at Gowran Park on Thursday.
The Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle (2.15) is the feature hurdle race on the card and Thedevilscoachman is a warm order. He finished four and three-quarter lengths in front of Ashdale Bob when they met at Punchestown last time, but ASHDALE BOB can reverse places now.
Ashdale Bob was having his first run since June that day, whereas Thedevilscoachman came in race-fit, and my selection was given a lot to do from the back of the field. He came wide on the home turn and made good headway before his effort flattened out like he needed a run.
That was over 2m3f, but Ashdale Bob’s best form has come at this 3m trip and he is entitled to improve significantly for both the extra distance, and having had a recent run behind him.
It’s nearly three years since his last win, but he twice won in Grade 2 company as a novice and is definitely up to this grade. This also doesn’t look like a strong contest for this type of race.
The Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (2.50) looks like a good opportunity for AIN'T THAT A SHAME to finally win a big one. He has run several huge races and deserves a day in the sun.
The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding finished second in the Munster National at Limerick and fourth in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last season. He was beaten only a length and a quarter in the second of those and is able to race off the same mark this time.
Ain’t That A Shame proved he likes this course when landing a beginners’ chase over 2m4f here in March, recording a career-best effort on Racing Post Ratings, and his liking for the venue makes me think that connections might have had this race in mind for him all season.
He needs to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Troytown at Navan last time, but has been given a 67-day break since that effort and will probably be back at his peak for this.
The 2m handicap hurdle (4.00) is an open race and it’s worth taking a chance on the Colm Murphy-trained CA PLANE POUR MOI, who has been steadily progressive over hurdles so far.
The six-year-old ran his best race in three maiden hurdles when third at Fairyhouse in November over 2m71/2f, but looked even better when dropped to this 2m trip on his handicap hurdle debut at Leopardstown over Christmas, finishing a good seventh of 23.
Ca Plane Pour Moi made eye-catching late headway after losing his place at a crucial stage and was doing all of his best work in the closing stages in a more competitive race than this.
He should find this much easier and could make an impact this time, especially if his stamina is brought into play. That might happen on such testing ground and he could spring a surprise.
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