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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Gowran fixture needs a bit of luck to survive

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for 36 of the 136 entries left in the Derby.. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
Aidan O’Brien is responsible for 36 of the 136 entries left in the Derby.. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
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Conditions at Gowran Park were described as raceable yesterday but tomorrow's fixture is still in some doubt.

Both of this week's scheduled domestic National Hunt cards at Downpatrick and Clonmel have already been lost to waterlogging, and the Kilkenny venue was in a similar state on Wednesday.

However, clerk of the course Paddy Graffin said yesterday: "I walked the track today and it's currently heavy but fit to race. I would say it is similar ground to the last couple of meetings we had there for the Thyestes and the Red Mills day.

"A lot depends on how much rain we get between now and Saturday, and I've seen a couple of different weather forecasts.

"One forecast predicts about 2.5mm but another one said we could have anything between 10 and 15mm. If we get 15mm of rain, we won't race. Hopefully we get lucky but it would not take a lot more to push it over the edge."

Sunday's Naas fixture seems in a less perilous state, with the course manager Tom Ryan stating that they "will be fine".

Meanwhile, French Flat star Solow extended its unbeaten run to 10 on its reappearance in a conditions race on the polytrack under Maxime Guyon at Chantilly yesterday.

Freddie Head's classy five-time Group One-winning grey will now likely bid for a repeat victory in the turf feature on Dubai World Cup night.

In other Flat news, Aidan O'Brien is responsible for 36 of the 136 entries left in the Derby.

Of his massive delegation for the £1.325m Epsom Classic on June 4, the unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Hit It A Bomb is the lowest priced in the betting.

The War Front colt, also successful at the Curragh and Dundalk, is a top-priced 20/1 to give the Ballydoyle genius a fourth Derby win in five years.

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