Timeform's Irish team brings you three selections for this afternoons meeting at Gowran...
Thomas Edison shaped well both starts prior to winning a bumper well at Leopardstown (2m) on Boxing Day, form which has been franked in no uncertain terms by runner-up Champagne Fever since...
Thomas Edison's bumper form is superior to anything that his rivals in the 14:45 bring to the table and looks to have been found a good opportunity to open his account over hurdles at the second attempt. He shaped well both starts prior to winning a bumper well at Leopardstown (2m) on Boxing Day, form which has been franked in no uncertain terms by runner-up Champagne Fever since, and his main danger, Don Leone, is yet to really convince with his attitude.
The two mile handicap hurdle on the card looks a competitive heat, with plenty of solid recent form on offer, and recent chase winner Whodoyouthink (15:45) looks one to take on in the place market. Oliver McKiernan's runner may have won a minor chase at Punchestown on his latest start, but consistency has never been his forte, and he's yet to prove as good a hurdler as he is a chaser. He faces plenty of competition for the lead this afternoon, so is very unlikely to get his own way in front, and he's worth opposing in the place market.
Park Ranger has shown more than enough over hurdles so far to suggest he's up to winning an ordinary maiden like the 16:15 contest and is taken to gain compensation for departing when having every chance in a similar event at Listowel last time. A multiple Flat winner for this yard, Park Ranger finished runner-up first 3 starts in this sphere, achieving a level of form that sets the standard this afternoon, and he won't get many better opportunities to break his duck over timber.
Back Thomas Edison in the 14:45
Place lay Whodoyouthink in the 15:45
Back Park Ranger in the 16:15