Irish racing best bets – Gowran Park racing tips on Thursday 8 April

Irish racing best bets and tips for Gowran Park on Thursday 8 April.Irish racing best bets and tips for Gowran Park on Thursday 8 April.

Thursday Gowran Park racing tips

Once again there is just one meeting taking place in Ireland on Thursday with racing on the flat. We’ve looked over the action to pick out our Thursday Gowran Park racing tips.

To complement the four meetings heading to post in the UK on Thursday there is also a fixture on the flat in Ireland where an eight-race card goes to post at Gowran Park.

We’ve looked through the day’s racing in Ireland where we pick out our Thursday Gowran Park racing tips and best bets.


4:00 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m

CREATE BELIEF offered plenty to work on when finishing third on debut here back in October and with that under her belt the Awtaad filly can progress to get off the mark at the second attempt.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge was beaten around four lengths on that occasion behind Port Sunlight with reopposing Even Flow just ahead of her. She could find only one pace but she shaped as if she’d come on well for the experience.

Although she was no match for the winner she was clear of the fourth horse home and there’s likely better to come from her; the fourth ran well next time to finish runner-up and there’s been some decent runs from those who finished further back so the form looks promising.

Less testing ground here shouldn’t present a problem for the selection and she can make her course experience tell in an interesting opener to the card where she’s expected to improve.

5:05 Gowran Park – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo) 1m

STAR OFFICIAL finished a very promising third on his debut at the Curragh back in September, only beaten three lengths by Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded Santa Barbara and likely to improve for the experience the Dawn Approach colt can get off the mark at the second attempt.

John Joseph Murphy’s charge showed plenty of tenacity without quite being able to match the winner late on, keeping on well for the bronze medal and runner-up Kailash has since the made in all three subsequent starts.

He was bought out of James Barrett’s yard following that run and there’s surely more to come from him this season with an Irish Derby entry to his name. While he’ll likely need to improve a bit in order to down Donnacha O’Brien’s standard setting Emporio he ought to give a good account of himself and looks worth chancing against the likely favourite with improvement expected.

Thursday Gowran Park racing tips. Willie Mullins can saddle a winner on the card.

Thursday Gowran Park racing tips. Willie Mullins can saddle a winner on the card.

6:35 Gowran Park – Golf At Gowran Park Race (4yo+) 1m5½f

This looks an open contest and STRATUM can come out on top for Willie Mullins who also saddles Low Sun in the race.

The selection has proven smart both on the flat and over jumps, winning the 2019 Cesarewitch at Newmarket and contesting at Graded level over timber. He had finished runner-up in last season’s Lonsdale Cup at York – a Group Two contest – when beaten less than one length behind Enbihaar prior to running disappointingly in the Melbourne Cup where he beat only three home.

Unlike most of his rivals however he arrives here fit on the back of recent run having had a spin over hurdles at Leopardstown in February so he’s unlikely to want for any lack of sharpness and while the trip may be a little on the sharp side the Dansili gelding is expected to take a bit of beating back on the flat.

7:35 Gowran Park – @GowranPark1 Handicap (Div II) (4yo+ 45-65) 1m5½f

ALL CLASS was making just her second flat start on turf when running out a ready winner of a Navan handicap over this trip at Navan and David Dunne’s charge looks worth siding with to repeat the dose.

The Zanzibari mare appeared to relish the stiffer test of stamina to beat Crassus by just over two lengths, asserting in the last furlong for a comfortable win and while the handicapper has taken a somewhat dim view of that showing with a 10lbs rise in the weights it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him show further improvement.

He had been contesting over hurdles for his previous handler so it is perhaps no surprise he’s improved tackling a more suitable distance and he landed a gamble in the process. He won’t be the same price this time around where a repeat of that last run ought to put him firmly in the mix again and it wouldn’t come as much of a shock in a relatively weak race if he were to come out on top once more.