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.


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 Kinane

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 Swan
Advance Going
Yielding-yielding to soft in places
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Upcoming races
11:35 Thanks To All Our Customers 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle (Div 1)
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Flat To The Max 8/1
  • Jockey: D N Russell Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
12:05 Thanks To All Our Customers 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle (Div 2)
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Lever Du Soleil 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: A E Lynch Trainer: G P Cromwell
  • Owner: Sunrise Partnership
12:35 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Ballyneety 2/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: M P Walsh Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: John P McManus
13:10 Ladbrokes Novice Hurdle
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Inca Gold 25/1
  • Jockey: J J Slevin Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: John P McManus
13:45 Join Gowran Park Racing Club Mares Handicap Hurdle
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Ar Eagla Na Heagla 11/1
  • Jockey: A E Lynch Trainer: Francis Casey
  • Owner: One Plus Two Partnership
14:20 Talbot Hotel Carlow Chase
(Class ) (2m 4f)
  • Winner: Drumconnor Lad 9/1
  • Jockey: L P Gilligan Trainer: Adrian Keatley
  • Owner: David G Keys
14:55 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase
(Class ) (2m 4f)
  • Winner: Dr Mikey 12/1
  • Jockey: D J McInerney Trainer: Ms M Flynn
  • Owner: Santry Power Walsh Syndicate
15:30 Support The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Chase
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Lacken Bridge 14/1
  • Jockey: R A Doyle Trainer: Colin Bowe
  • Owner: P P Farrell

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Co. Kilkenny
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