13:45 Gowran Park

COUGAR is a fascinating runner here and if he takes to hurdling he could be a very smart prospect. The well-bred son of Deep Impact came good on his fifth outing on the Flat when running out a wide margin winner of Curragh maiden back in late June. He has a mark of 92 on the level which is a fair bit superior to what any of his rivals here achieved on the Flat. Charlie Luciano has already been runner-up over hurdles and that experience is a big asset. He was collared on the run-in by Surac at Ballinrobe on his penultimate outing and looks an obvious danger. Shetland Tony looks the pick of Gordon Elliott's pair but needs to step forward from his fourth placed effort at Down Royal.
Prediction : 1st Cougar 2nd Charlie Luciano 3rd Shetland Tony

14:17 Gowran Park

RIAAN stepped forward from his first run to produce a big performance at Navan on his last start. The Diamond Boy gelding was just collared late on by Royal Romeo in a tight finish and a repeat of that run should be enough to see him open his account now. He had Misty's Gift back in fourth that day and should be able to confirm that form now. Harry Des Ongrais beat subsequent stablemate Watch House Cross in good style on his sole point to point start and wasn't disgraced on his 'track' debut when fading to finish fifth to Facile Vega. He ran poorly when tailed off at Ballinrobe when last seen in April and it will be interesting to see how he fares now.
Prediction : 1st Riaan 2nd Mistys Gift 3rd Harry Des Ongrais

14:52 Gowran Park

WA WA should be able to make use of a considerably lower mark over timber here. The Yeats gelding won his first couple of starts for Dermot McLoughlin and looked a nice staying chaser in the making. He disappointed when last seen at Killarney in May but still looks a good prospect for three-mile chases this season and this is a nice starting point for the year ahead. He has a mark of 90 over hurdles compared to his rating of 125 over fences. Natural Look has been running consistently and wouldn't be winning out of turn but may have the misfortune of running into a very well handicapped rival now. Western Dreaming was a game winner at Ballinrobe last time and could get in the money again.
Prediction : 1st Wa Wa 2nd Natural Look 3rd Western Dreaming

15:27 Gowran Park

This looks wide open and WALKING ON GLASS may prove the pick after winning well over fences at Ballinrobe on his last outing. The Big Bab Bob gelding beat some decent sorts in a beginners chase last month and Aidan Kelly got a good tune out of him then. Streets Of Doyen makes his first start for Tom Gibney and having been eased a few pounds since his last outing over hurdles he looks on a competitive mark. Macgiloney was a game winner at Listowel last time and Daniel King takes a very useful 7lb off his back again. He should be competitive again despite a 5lb rise.
Prediction : 1st Walking On Glass 2nd Streets Of Doyen 3rd Macgiloney

16:02 Gowran Park

EASY GAME can bag another victory in this having won the Grade 2 prize in 2020. The eight-year-old has enjoyed a profitable campaign already, bagging four races, and he was impressive on his most recent win when scoring at Listowel. He beat stablemate Kemboy with ease that day and should be able to confirm that form over a trip that suits him better than his rival. Kemboy is entitled to improve a bit from that outing and could get close now. Willie Mullins also saddles Franco De Port in the two-and-a-half contest. He probably needs further too and makes his first start since finishing third in the three-mile-six Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. Gordon Elliott runs both Battleoverdoyen and Hurricane Georgie for Pioneer Racing but they look to have a bit to find at the weights, as does the other runner in the field, Dollar Value.
Prediction : 1st Easy Game 2nd Kemboy 3rd Franco De Port

16:37 Gowran Park

KITTY GALORE could be dangerous off the front on slower ground. She ploughed through testing conditions to land a mares' chase at Clonmel last year. She was on the injured list for more than eight months before making a winning return in a mares' handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe last month. The eight-year-old mare was then collared at the penultimate fence in a Listowel handicap chase on good ground, but it may be harder to peg her back on this ground. Old Town Garde hasn't many miles on the clock, but did win his maiden hurdle over this trip and could be just the sort to run well for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell. Pairc Na Ngael has to be feared on the back of a handicap chase victory over 3m1f in Kilbeggan. He has been running on better ground, but has a runner-up spot in a handicap hurdle on heavy ground at Limerick in his locker. Michael O'Sullivan has made a blistering start to his career as a conditional jockey and partners Arrycan. This eight-year-old is holding his form well although he appears to prefer good ground.
Prediction : 1st Kitty Galore 2nd Old Town Garde 3rd Pairc Na Ngael

17:12 Gowran Park

An interesting beginners' chase. AIN'T THAT A SHAME holds a mark of 137 over fences as he was placed three times in beginners' chase behind clearly useful sorts. He didn't trouble the judge when unplaced in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, but his chasing experience is a big help in this test. Banbridge is a fascinating recruit to chasing. His excellent hurdling career saw him land the ultra-competitive Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. He could readily take to fences. There is more to come from Indigo Breeze after he ran third in a hot beginners' chase at Galway. Ain't That A Shame's stablemate, Gua Du Large, won a Grade A handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse last season and is another to note on his first crack at the bigger obstacles. Mouse Morris spoke of Whatsavailable being a potential chaser when he won his maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse in April. He is one to watch in the market.
Prediction : 1st Aint That A Shame 2nd Banbridge 3rd Indigo Breeze

17:42 Gowran Park

TRUE FAITH stayed on well to beat a subsequent winner at Tramore is taken to enjoy this step up in trip. He handled cut in the ground when placed on his penultimate start in Wexford. Blackstair Rocco has finished runner-up in his last two starts at Downpatrick and Ballinrobe, albeit beaten a fair way. He is slightly up in trip, but ought to get it as he was pipped by a head in a handicap hurdle over 3m at Galway last year. Captain Kangaroo was behind Blackstair Rocco in fourth at Ballinrobe, but will appreciate the rain more and, therefore, has a shot at turning the tables. Slige Dala has switched to Gordon Elliott and is not without a chance on ground he will enjoy.
Prediction : 1st True Faith 2nd Captain Kangaroo 3rd Blackstair Rocco