We head down to Gowran Park for Day 1 of their 2 day meeting.

Our first runner of the day is ABACADABRAS in the Join Racing TV Now Maiden Hurdle. The son of Davidoff showed plenty of promise in his bumpers last season when winning on his racecourse debut and finishing 4th in the Champion bumper at the Cheltenham Festival behind stablemate Envoi Allen. We’re hopeful of a successful start for him over flights today with Jack Kennedy in the saddle.

We send SURIN down to post in the feature race – Pat Walsh Memorial Irish EBF (Mares) Hurdle. She was a smart juvenile last season, having been placed in all 3 of her starts and her last run saw her finish 3rd in a Grade 1 behind Sir Erec. We’re hoping to see her finish in the frame on her seasonal reappearance. Jack Kennedy rides.

New recruit, TIGER TWENTY TWO, certainly didn’t disgrace himself on his yard debut where he finished 4th in a 2m6f contest at Navan. We’ve dropped him back slightly in trip today and are looking for another solid effort from him. Jack Kennedy takes to the saddle.

Finally, we saddle two runners in the ISF EBF Mucklemeg (Mares) INH Flat Race. Punchestown festival winner ARD ABHAINN (pictured) returns to action after her summer break. She’s in great form at home and should go close today under Lisa O’Neill. BIGBADANDBEAUTIFUL also has strong claims and it could be close between our two runners. Jamie Codd rides.