Thyestes Chase tips & runner-by-runner guide to Thursday’s 3.05 at Gowran Park

Can Coko Beach win back-to-back renewals of the Thyestes?


A maximum field of 18 will go to post at Gowran Park on Thursday at 3.05pm for the Thyestes Chase, one of the big handicaps on the Irish racing calendar.


Willie Mullins saddles five including Munster National hero Ontheropes as the Closutton handler eyes a third victory in four years. Gordon Elliott also boasts five entries with last year’s winner Coko Beach among his squad, while Henry de Bromhead pitches the classy Chris’s Dream and Eklat De Rire into the mix.

You’ll find Timeform’s guide to the Thyestes Chase runners and riders below plus betting tips for the big race.

Thyestes Chase Runners

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

Chris’s Dream

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: M. P. Walsh Age: 10 Weight: 11st 12lbs

Course winner. Six wins from 20 NH runs. Unseated rider in handicap chase at Aintree (25.8f, heavy, 7/1) 54 days ago.

Brahma Bull

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: B. Hayes Age: 11 Weight: 11st 6lbs

Eight wins from 21 NH runs. 7 lengths third of 4 to Al Boum Photo in New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore (22f, heavy, 11/1) 26 days ago. Stable in good form. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Eklat De Rire

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 8 Weight: 11st 4lbs

Smart form. Won Wexford listed in October. Found out by lack of experience when pulled up in Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury since. Retains potential.

Franco De Port

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: P. Townend Age: 7 Weight: 11st 3lbs

28/1, 29½ lengths seventh of 8 to Galvin in Savills Chase at Leopardstown (24f, soft) 30 days ago. Stable in good form. Makes handicap chase debut. Enters calculations.

Escaria Ten

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: A. P. Heskin Age: 8 Weight: 11st 1lbs

Quickly developed into very smart chaser last term, including third in NH Chase at Cheltenham Festival. Possibly not over those exertions when pulled up in Irish National. Remains capable of better.


Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: S. F. O’Keeffe Age: 8 Weight: 11st 1lbs

34¾ lengths sixth of 8 to Fury Road in Neville Hotels (Fort Leney) Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown (24f, good to soft, 7/1) 29 days ago. Trainer going well. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Has work to do.

Coko Beach

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Davy Russell Age: 7 Weight: 10st 11lbs

C&D winner. 12/1, pulled up in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft) 31 days ago but the fact he won this last year makes him a dangerous one to discount.

Scarlet And Dove

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: S. Fitzgerald Age: 8 Weight: 10st 11lbs

12/1, 6 lengths third of 5 to Mount Ida in Grade 3 mares event at Fairyhouse (21.5f, soft) 26 days ago. Respected back in a handicap.

Class Conti

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: B. J. Cooper Age: 10 Weight: 10st 10lbs

Pulled up in handicap chase (66/1) at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft) 31 days ago, but he was placed in this off 1lb higher 12 months ago.

Agusta Gold

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: D. E. Mullins Age: 9 Weight: 10st 9lbs

Pulled up in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft, 14/1) 31 days ago, pulled up before eighth. Blinkers on 1st time, tongue strap on 1st time. Others have achieved more.


Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 8 Weight: 10st 9lbs

Improved again this term. Won on Cork reappearance in October. Good fourth of 28 in handicap chase (14/1) at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft) over Christmas. Can play a part under Kennedy.

Longhouse Poet

Trainer: Martin Brassil Jockey: D. J. O’Keeffe Age: 8 Weight: 10st 9lbs

Below form seventh of 14 in handicap chase at Limerick (19.7f, heavy, 11/2) 30 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Up in trip.

Ex Patriot

Trainer: Ellmarie Holden Jockey: D. J. McInerney Age: 9 Weight: 10st 8lbs

Course winner. Fourth of 7 in minor event chase (22/1) at Ascot (21f, good to soft) 40 days ago. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Death Duty

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Jordan Colin Gainford Age: 11 Weight: 10st 3lbs

Nine wins from 21 NH runs. Creditable fifth of 28 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft, 33/1) 31 days ago.

Smoking Gun

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Denis O’Regan Age: 9 Weight: 10st 2lbs

Six wins from 23 NH runs. 1 win from 3 runs this season. Career best when winning 11-runner handicap chase (10/1) at Fairyhouse (29f, good) 60 days ago, well on top finish.

Foxy Jacks

Trainer: M. F. Morris Jockey: Jonathan Moore Age: 8 Weight: 10st 0lbs

Good seventh of 28 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (24.2f, soft, 66/1) 31 days ago.

Mister Fogpatches

Trainer: P. A. Fahy Jockey: Richard Deegan Age: 8 Weight: 10st 0lbs

Creditable second of 9 in handicap chase at Cheltenham (26f, good, 5/1) 48 days ago. One to consider.

Diol Ker

Trainer: Noel Meade Jockey: Sam Ewing Age: 8 Weight: 9st 13lbs

4/1, very good second of 10 in novice chase at Fairyhouse (21.5f, soft) 26 days ago. Makes handicap chase debut.



Thyestes Chase Tips

Timeform: Gordon Elliott saddles 5 as he bids for a third Thyestes win since 2018 and ESCARIA TEN could be the one to provide it. He presumably found the Irish National coming too soon after his big effort at the Cheltenham Festival and appeals as the type who could resume his progress on his return. Mister Fogpatches has plenty of solid handicap form to his name and is feared most ahead of Braeside.

Racing Post: Overall trends and multiple representation point to the Mullins, Elliott and de Bromhead runners. However, Pat Fahy, who won this with Nuaffe in 1994, has a credible contender in MISTER FOGPATCHES, a consistent sort in valuable staying handicaps. Longhouse Poet has been the ante-post gamble and comes from the stable of the 2004 winner. Foxy Jacks has an each-way chance going right-handed here. Ontheropes may be the pick for Mullins who has won this in five of the last ten years, with Braeside and Eklat De Rire, most appealing of the runners from the two other powerhouse yards.




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