3m1f Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase (Grade A) (5yo+)
This is one of the best renewals of the Thyestes for many a year with winners often going on to run Grand Nationals and even Gold Cups. Longhouse Poet has received a significant share of the ante-post betting and he currently occupies favouritism. His run ahead of Run Wild Fred last season reads well and a mark of 145 maybe reads even better, but he will need to come on a great deal for his reappearance run over fences at Limerick and I’m not sure he is the most solid option.
Big weights and marks in the 150 have not deterred several previous winners from the likes of Djakadam and On His Own from winning this and I can’t help but feel that the market has overreacted to the disappointing run put in by EKLAT DE RIRE when being pulled up in the Ladbrokes Trophy.
He went off 3/1 favourite for that race, but can be easily forgiven as he had never run well on ground quicker than soft and his only other run overseas finished with him falling at Cheltenham. But it is still very early days for Eklat De Rire with this being only his 8th chase start and for a horse still entered in the Irish Gold Cup and Cheltenham Gold Cup, he looks massive odds currently at 10/1 when he should get his favoured conditions at Gowran Park.
1pt win Eklat De Rire @10/1, 15:05 Gowran Park, Thursday (Ladbrokes)Leave a comment