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Gowran Park preview

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 17:44 | Comments

Vesper Bell in action at Punchestown
Vesper Bell in action at Punchestown

The Willie Mullins-trained pair of Vesper Bell and On His Own head the weights, and some ante-post lists, for the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park.

The champion trainer is also represented in the valuable contest by Uncle Junior and Balnaslow, while the latter's owners Gigginstown House Stud have their colours carried by Ipsos Du Berlais and Panther Claw as well.

Panther Claw was third 12 months ago and last year's runner-up Tarquinius is also back for more. Los Amigos, Cootamundra and Living Next Door are also prominent in the market, although the latter needs two to come out to get a run.

The defection of Boston Bob from the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle is a slight surprise, but Mullins is still represented in the Grade Two contest by Zaidpour and Bishopsfurze.

Zaidpour is his undoubted number one, though, having won this prize in 2012, and he was last seen disposing of Saturday's impressive Limestone Lad Hurdle winner Rule The World in a Grade One at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting, with the reopposing Mala Beach third.

Mullins also dominates the opening Nugent Spirit 25 Horsebox Hurdle (1.15pm) because he is responsible for two of the five runners, namely impressive Fairyhouse victor Abbyssial and Noble Inn, who had the unenviable task of chasing home his now-sidelined stable companion Analifet at Punchestown and Fairyhouse.

Zigger Zagger made it second-time lucky in a bumper at Fairyhouse last month and goes jumping in the Four Star Langton House Hotel Maiden Hurdle, but he will need to hurdle fluently to get the better of Sizing Granite, who was less than two lengths behind the exciting Clondaw Court at Leopardstown.

Enda Bolger's Federici is on a hat-trick mission in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, while Dogora is the class act in the PMF Accountants Beginners Chase.

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