Gowran Park Course Guide

Scenically located just 13km east of Kilkenny, Gowran Park is a dual-purpose track that has been in operation since 1914.

Seventeen race meetings taken place over the course of the year and the traditional highlight of their season is the Thyestes Handicap Chase in January which has been won by the likes of Hedgehunter, Numbersixvalverde, On His Own (twice) and Djakadam. However, another race at Gowran Park that has regularly captured the imagination in the last 20 years has been the Gowran Park Champion Chase in October, with it being won by Dorans Pride, Kicking King and the legendary Sizing Europe (four times).

The pick of the action on the Flat is the Group 3 Denny Cordell Fillies Stakes which takes place in September and has been won by high-class fillies such as Luas Line and Brooch in the recent past.

Gowran Park Flat RacingTimeform

A right-handed oval of around a mile and a half. While there are some undulations, it is essentially a galloping track and the final climb in the three-furlong straight is quite testing.

In general I’d consider Gowran Park a speed track. It is a trickier track to ride than most give it credit for and in general I’d much rather be on the front end than any further back. It can really suit a front runner if they are left any bit alone early on. A low draw is particularly important over seven furlongs as the bend comes up very quickly and getting caught wide on it is disastrous.

View from the saddle: Mick KinaneMick Kinane
Gowran Park Jumps RacingTimeform

A right-handed, oval track with a circuit of around a mile and a half. Although there are some undulations the track is essentially galloping in character and on soft ground can provide a thorough test of stamina. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, which is on the outside of the hurdles track, with three situated in the three-furlong uphill home straight. The run-in is around a furlong.

This is a tricky enough track to ride. Very undulating, very up and down. The hill up the back straight is quite testing and you need to give them a chance going up that or you just won’t get home. The fences there were always quite nice, but the third-last was one that I remember as being tricky.

View from the saddle: Charlie SwanCharlie Swan

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Replays & Results

13:35 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10)

Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap (Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor)
  • Winner: Pink Dogwood
  • Jockey: D O'Brien
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor

14:05 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10)

Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, diabolo on sleeves, white cap (Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith)
  • Winner: Circus Maximus
  • Jockey: D O'Brien
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

14:35 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes (Group 3)

(Class 1) (1m 1f 100y)
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves & cap (Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier)
  • Winner: Broadway
  • Jockey: J A Heffernan
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier

15:10 Gowran Park Race

(Class 1) (1m)
Dark green, yellow sash, hooped sleeves & cap (Cian McAuliffe)
  • Winner: Drombeg Dream
  • Jockey: S Foley
  • Trainer: A Leahy
  • Owner: Cian McAuliffe

15:45 Jumps Racing Returns To Gowran Park October 5th Handicap (45-65) (Div 1)

(Class 1) (1m)
Light blue, yellow spots, light blue sleeves, yellow cap (O Glynn/P Cummins)
  • Winner: Best Not Argue
  • Jockey: D O'Brien
  • Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: O Glynn/P Cummins

16:20 Jumps Racing Returns To Gowran Park October 5th Handicap (45-65) (Div 2)

(Class 1) (1m)
Black, orange disc, diabolo on sleeves, orange cap (Thomas G Cooke)
  • Winner: Wichita Line
  • Jockey: K J Leonard
  • Trainer: M Mulvany
  • Owner: Thomas G Cooke

16:50 Gowran Golf Membership 2019 From 499 Apprentice Handicap (50-75)

(Class 1) (1m 1f 100y)
Yellow & purple check, yellow sleeves, purple cap, yellow star (Tan Kai Chah)
  • Winner: Roccia Bella
  • Jockey: G P Halpin
  • Trainer: M O'Callaghan
  • Owner: Tan Kai Chah

17:25 Live Music After Racing Maiden

(Class 1) (1m 1f 100y)
Red, white star & sleeves, white & orange check cap (T A O'Brien Partnership)
  • Winner: Davids Charm
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
  • Trainer: J J Walsh
  • Owner: T A O'Brien Partnership