Sunday 19 January 2020

Flynn poised to find Gowran Mark again

Damien McElroy

Ever-improving older pair Chinese White and She's Our Mark renew rivalry yet again at Gowran Park tomorrow in the featured Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes won by the latter a year ago.

On that occasion She's Our Mark and regular partner Danny Grant were returned at 6/1 and Pat Flynn's stable star was double those odds more recently at the Curragh when swooping late to land the Alleged Stakes.

Not only did Grant's determined mount foil a Curragh gamble on the runner-up Popmurphy three weeks ago, she also overtook last season's Irish Derby hero Fame And Glory in the final furlong there.


Having completed an autumn hat-trick, Chinese White resumes here off a career-high mark of 113 following a break of 189 days since failing to justify favouritism behind Eva's Request in Rome.

That rare below-par effort by tomorrow's top weight at the Capannelle last October came in Group One company, so Lady O'Reilly's home-bred daughter of Dalakhani should appreciate a lesser challenge now.

However, it remains to be seen if 106-rated She's Our Mark's proven match fitness after that Curragh coup can counteract the 5lb advantage which Dermot Weld's charge has, in theory at least, on this occasion.

Mind you, the advance forecast for drier ground than obtained at the Kilkenny venue a week ago after heavy showers during the morning and early afternoon might not be ideal for the presumed principals.

In the belief that the track will experience some weekend rainfall again a somewhat hesitant vote goes to She's Our Mark for a repeat of last season's success as Chinese White attempts to emulate her corresponding 2008 win.

Fitted with cheekpieces, John Oxx's Karasiyra also has the benefit here of a previous outing this term over both Remember When, her neck victim at Leopardstown last November, and long-absent Sagacious.

Sagacious was a Curragh debut scorer last July and the fillies' local trainer Jim Bolger and rider Davy Moran -- due to compete in Toronto this evening -- may fare better in the following, grandiosely-named Gowran Park Classic Trial.


Essentially a winners-of-one affair for second season performers, this extended nine furlongs race looks to present Bolger's Reiteration with a fine opportunity to follow up his maiden success at headquarters.

Again a vastly experienced handler utilises cheekpieces to assist this American import as he steps up in grade against a mere four rivals, Aidan O'Brien having opted to rely on Purple Heart rather than Black Quartz.

The Ballydoyle handler and Oxx, who tries the exposed all-weather maiden Keraloun on turf for the first time, have monopolised this race in recent seasons, but Reiteration could put an end to that sequence.

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