Jimmy Mangan is looking forward to good displays from both Conna Castle and Himalayan Trail in the Ellen Construction Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday.

Conna Castle showed his class when winning the Grade One Powers Gold Cup Grand National at Uttoxeter last season when trained by Sue Smith.

Mangan, who is best known for winning the Grand National at Aintree in 2003 with Monty's Pass, has been pleased with the preparation of both horses.

'Hopefully I'm going to run the two of them,' said the Cork-based handler.

He continued: 'We are pleased with the way Himalayan Trail is coming along. He ran a reasonable race when fifth in the Becher Chase. He jumped well there and everything is going to plan at the moment.

'He came from the sales, then went to the owners and came back to us back in training the end of September. Conna Castle is starting to come back to himself. I was delighted when I saw the lovely weight he had for the Thyestes, but unfortunately the top weight (Snowy Morning) came out and all the weights have gone up 12lb.

'He's in good form and I'm hoping he'll run a big race. He won the Powers Gold Cup, as well as lots of other races and has been a great servant. Davy Russell rides him and I'm not certain yet who'll be on Himalayan.'