Grade 2 winner Darrens Hope is among an entry of 18 horses (with 3 in reserve) for the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park this Thursday. Declarations closed with the HRI at 10am on Tuesday.
Her trainer Bob Murphy lit up Punchestown in November after his star mare’s success in the Liam & Valerie Brennan Florida Pearl Novice Chase and he might get a chance to steal the show in front of the RTÉ cameras once again on Thursday week.
Ridden by Danny Mullins, Darrens Hope (12/1 on Tuesday morning) edged out the Gordon Elliott-trained Minella Crooner to give the Cappoquin, County Waterford trainer his biggest career win at Punchestown and not surprisingly it is Elliott who dominates the entries for the latest renewal of the historic Goffs Thyestes Chase.
“We are gearing up for a very special day on Thursday week and as always, the Goffs Thyestes Chase is central to a fantastic day’s racing”, says Gowran Park manager Eddie Scally.
“It is a huge event for our local community and for the county as a whole. The entries for the race are typically strong and we are delighted with them. We can’t wait to be up and running.”
A two-time winner of the race, Elliott has made 11 entries and his team are headed by 2021 Goffs Thyestes Chase scorer Coko Beach, this season’s Bar One Racing Porterstown Handicap Chase winner Punitive, Escaria Ten, Dunboyne and Pencilfulloflead.
Willie Mullins has eight wins in the race to his name and his entries include, Egality Mans, Captain Kangaroo and Carefully Selected.
Check the full race card here. We’ll also be live trackside for the full day with racing underway from 1.05pm. Early-bird ticket sales are just about done.