Horse Racing

Gowran Park Racing for 2020 launched at the local track

The Goffs Thyestes Chase Day is widely recognised as one of the best days in Irish Racing

Racing enthusiasts from all over Ireland are expected to descend upon Gowran Park Racecourse on Thursday 23rd January for the time honoured race day.

One of the flagship meetings of the Irish racing calendar the Goffs Thyestes Chase Day is widely recognised as one of the best days in Irish Racing.

The feature race on the day is due to go to post at 3.00pm. Entries have closed for the what’s become known as the race that stops a county, there are 46 horses entered, the full list will be made public on Monday 13th January.

Thyestes chase launch PICTURE: VICKY COMERFORD

Henry Beeby Group Chief Executive of Goffs said “it’s an iconic race and comes at an ideal time of year Goffs as we launch our campaign for the Land Rover Sale. We are very much looking forward to the 2020 Goffs Thyestes.

There are six other races on the day most notably the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle with a €40,000 prize up for grabs in this staying hurdle contest won in the past two years by Presenting Percy.

There is speculation that Philip Reynold’s much loved horse may return to Gowran Park in an attempt to make it three in a row. Presenting Percy has various options open to him in the coming months however owner Philip Reynolds speaking to the Racing Post said “The Galmoy Hurdle is the week before Leopardstown so we’ll keep an eye on the forecast but, unless Leopardstown are taking heed of what Willie Mullins and Noel Meade have said about the ground, it’s highly likely it will be too quick for us there”.

Thyestes chase launch PICTURE: VICKY COMERFORD

At the 2020 racing launch at Gowran Park CEO of Connolly’s RED MILLS & Chairman of Gowran Park Racecourse, Joe Connolly said; “This year marks our 40th year as sponsors at Gowran Park racecourse.

We have made many wonderful memories, seen some dramatic changes and of course some incredible horses over these years. We are looking forward to Red Mills Day on 15th February.

In the meantime we are also delighted to have a RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Series race as part of the card on Goffs Thyestes Day, the series has been a great success and it was fitting that last year’s winner of the €75,000 Series Final, Zero Ten, was Goffs Land Rover sale graduate. We wish the team here at Gowran the best of luck for year ahead and look forward to working with them.”

Tickets bought online at will give prompt access to the track as they can be printed off or scanned on the phone. People who purchase online can avail of reduced ticket prices. At the entrance on the day tickets will be priced at €25 for adults and €20 for OAP/Students. Group discounts are available in advance by contacting Gowran Park on 056 7726225

Aside from the top-class racing Gowran Park has a host of live music entertainment for everyone to enjoy before, during and after racing. There are live bands on all floors and in the Heineken Live Marquee plus culinary delights to suit all palettes.

Gates open at 11am with the first race going to post at 12.45pm. Courtesy buses will run from the gates of Kilkenny Castle Gates from 10.45am on the day & return at 5pm.

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is the Head of Sport and News in KCLR96FM. He's an avid rugby fan and can be seen frequenting Leinster and local clubs games. He loves his GAA too and is a former hurler and footballer and stood between the posts for his home club of Kiltegan for many years. He's also a Man U fan for his troubles and shouts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
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