Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Pictured at the launch of the 2020 Goffs Thyestes Chase Day at Gowran Park were, L to R: Rachael Blackmore, Jane Mangan, Lisa O’Neill & Margaret Mullins. Photo: Vicky Comerford.

After a brilliant day of racing at Tramore Racecourse on New Year’s Day, the next big raceday in the South-East is the Goffs Thyestes Chase Day at Gowran Park Racecourse on Thursday, January 23. Thyestes Day is one of the flagship meetings of the Irish racing calendar and is widely recognised as one of the best days in Irish Racing.

Big Race
The feature race on the day is due to go to post at 3pm. Entries have closed for the what’s become known as the race that stops a county, there are 46 horses entered, the full list was made public yesterday (Monday).
Henry Beeby Group Chief Executive of Goffs said “it’s an iconic race and comes at an ideal time of year Goffs as we launch our campaign for the Land Rover Sale.  We are very much looking forward to the 2020 Goffs Thyestes.
There are six other races on the day most notably the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle with a €40,000 prize up for grabs in this staying hurdle contest won in the past two years by Presenting Percy.
There is speculation that Philip Reynold’s much loved horse may return to Gowran Park in an attempt to make it three in a row.
At the 2020 racing launch at Gowran Park CEO of Connolly’s Red Mills & Chairman of Gowran Park Racecourse, Joe Connolly said; “This year marks our 40th year as sponsors at Gowran Park racecourse. We have made many wonderful memories, seen some dramatic changes and of course some incredible horses over these years. We are looking forward to Red Mills Day on 15th February. In the meantime we are also delighted to have a Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Series race as part of the card on Goffs Thyestes Day, the series has been a great success and it was fitting that last year’s winner of the €75,000 Series Final, Zero Ten, was Goffs Land Rover sale graduate. We wish the team here at Gowran the best of luck for year ahead and look forward to working with them.”

Click & Scan
Tickets bought online at GowranPark.ie will give prompt access to the track as they can be printed off or scanned on the phone. People who purchase online can avail of reduced ticket prices. At the entrance on the day tickets will be priced at €25 for adults and €20 for OAP/Students. Group discounts are available in advance by contacting Gowran Park on 056 7726225.
Aside from the top-class racing Gowran Park has a host of live music entertainment for everyone to enjoy before, during and after racing. There are live bands on all floors and in the Heineken Live Marquee plus culinary delights to suit everybody.
Gates open at 11am with the first race going to post at 12.45pm. Courtesy buses will run from the gates of Kilkenny Castle Gates from 10.45am on the day and return at 5pm. If you have never experienced this great day 2020 is the year to set this straight.

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