1.45 Gowranpark.ie 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle 2m

Cougar is tipped in the hope that he can overcome a lack of previous jumping experience. He makes his debut for Padraig Roche having previously been with Aidan O’Brien for whom he showed a useful level of form in maidens during the summer which culminated in a seven-length victory in a 10-furlong contest at the Curragh in June.

He is preferred to Arch Enemy who would look to have a solid chance on her most recent showing in a winner’s event at Listowel where she was beaten less than 10 lengths into fourth by Aghaboy.


Next best: Arch Enemy

2.17 Golf Memberships At Gowran Park Maiden Hurdle 2m 4f

On his first two outings Riaan has shown enough to indicate that he can make his mark in a maiden hurdle. He progressed from a solid debut over two miles at the Galway Festival to be beaten three-quarters of a length into second by Royal Romeo in a maiden hurdle over this trip at Navan last month. He appeals as the type to do better still and is preferred to Harry Des Ongrais.

The latter’s most recent effort in a Ballinrobe bumper in April is best forgotten and this former winning pointer rates a formidable threat on the form he showed to finish fifth to Facile Vega in a Leopardstown bumper last Christmas.


Next best: Harry Des Ongrais

2.52 Paulstown Handicap Hurdle (80-95) 2m 4f

Wa Wa might be able to make a winning return to action. He hit form this time last year and progressed into quite a useful chaser with the result that he was rated 127 when he last ran over fences in May. A hurdles rating of 90 suggests that he is potentially well treated over the smaller obstacles and it could be worth taking the chance that he can defy a 138-day absence from the track.

Western Dreaming won off a 5lbs lower mark at Ballinrobe in August and looks capable of acquitting himself well once more while Natural Look is a competitive sort at this level of competition.


Next best: Western Dreaming

3.27 Good Enuf 2Eat Caterers At Gowran Park Handicap Hurdle 3m

A hopeful vote goes to Noble Birth. He followed up a good run behind Rock Road at Galway with a victory at Ballinrobe in August when he looked to relish every yard of the extended three-mile trip. He didn’t quite match that form at Listowel last week when fifth to Macgiloney but shaped better than the bare result in what was a decent contest and is worth another chance.

He can reverse Listowel form with Riggs who ran his best race since coming to Ireland when taking third in that race.


Next best: Riggs

4.02 PWC Champion Chase (Grade 2) 2m 4f

Easy Game can further enhance his impressive wins-to-runs ratio. The eight-year-old is a formidable force at this level and comes here off a commanding success over Kemboy in a small-field conditions race over this trip at Listowel. He does have to give weight to his rivals but looks more than capable of winning this race for the second time.

The selection might have most to fear from his stablemate Franco De Port who was second in the Thyestes here in January. As a novice chaser he won a Grade 1 over two miles and also showed up well at Grade 1 level over this trip. He should be able to cope with this trip.


Next best: Franco De Port

4.37 Hospitality At Gowran Park Handicap Chase 2m 4f

The consistent Arrycan can defy top weight with Mikey O’Sullivan’s 7lbs claim a notable boost to his chances. He won a handicap chase over a similar trip to this at Kilbeggan and he ran well off a revised mark when chasing home Il Courra at the same track a month ago.

This trip might suit the top-weight better than Pairc Na Ngael who won a Kilbeggan handicap chase over an extended three miles a couple of months ago. He shouldn’t have any difficulty coping with a 6lb rise in the weights but may be vulnerable back at this trip.


Next best: Pairc Na Ngael

5.12 Join Gowran Park Racing Club Beginners Chase 2m 4f

Banbridge progressed into a very smart novice hurdler over the course of last season which culminated in a victory in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival. He should make up into a quality novice chaser this term. He is marginally preferred to the 137-rated Ain’t That A Shame who showed a good level of form in three quality beginners’ events last winter.


Next best: Ain’t That A Shame

5.42 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase 3m 1f

After posting some solid efforts in defeat True Faith got off the mark at Tramore in August and he might be able to follow up. That win suggests he should relish moving up to this trip while his four-length third to Champagne Gold in a Wexford beginners’ event is useful form.

He gets the vote ahead of Blackstair Rocco who has run honourable races lately to fill the runner-up spot in chases at Downpatrick and Tramore which were won by Uhtred and Walking On Glass respectively.


Next best: Blackstair Rocco