THERE was some excellent sport on offer at Gowran Park’s Thursday meeting, with the highlight the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase, in which Champagne West put up a highly impressive performance in defying 11st7lb to win by seven and a half lengths from Ucello Conti.

It is difficult to put a confident rating on this effort, as it was one of just two races over larger obstacles on the card, but 164 is probably not excessive.