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Gowran Park


On reflection, odds of 28/1 about Kadupul at Roscommon a fortnight ago were surely too dismissive of the Joseph O'Brien-trained filly. Formerly handled by William Haggas in the UK - where she ended her time with a good effort off a mark of 80 in a Pontefract nursery (6f, soft) last year - she had run well at Dundalk on debut for this yard in February before a lesser effort at Cork (1m, good) last month. The drop to 7f helped since and - from an unchanged mark of 75 with Mikey Sheehy now taking off 5lb - another big effort looms for a Dark Angel filly representing a stable in red-hot form.

No Show

No Show had some promising juvenile form in Britain when trained by Richard Hannon and, having failed to fire in three 2020 starts for Jimmy Mangan, the signs are now present that a corner has been turned for this four-year-old Showcasing gelding. He was third at Naas (1m, good) in April behind an easy, well-backed winner taking advantage of a lenient handicap mark. Colin Keane was on board for the first time there and it's a positive to see the champion rider on top again. His mount has been eased 2lb and can play a big role, especially if getting away from the gates with more sharpness.


This looks a pretty good spot for Cormorant on his first start for new handler Joseph O'Brien. The son of Kingman won a Group 3 at Leopardstown 12 months ago for Ballydoyle on his seasonal reappearance, so his absence leading into this race shouldn't be off-putting. He also ran well in York's Dantes Stakes last summer and his new stable is in fine form right now. On ratings, Cormorant is very much the one to beat on these terms in what will be his first start since being gelded.

Moddy Poddle

An apprentice race to round off the card at Gowran Park and having Siobhan Rutledge in these contests is never a bad thing. Moddy Poddle was much-improved on her handicap bow/seasonal comeback when close fourth here over 7f (yielding to soft) early last month and she's recorded another fine effort since at Leopardstown on good ground when upped to 1m2f for the first time. The Pride Of Dubai filly shouldn't be left waiting too much longer to get her breakthrough success and both track/conditions are favourable now.

About Gowran Park Racecourse

A dual purpose track that has seen its fair share of big names claim the feature races over the years. The Thyestes Chase has gone to the likes of Grand National winners Hedgehunter and Numbersixvalvederde, as well as greats such as Arkle and Flyingbolt.

An undulating track, Gowran can provide a real test of a horse, especially with the uphill three furlong home straight.

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