Cristal could be our Icon at Gowran

Ray Flanagan with Gowran Park selections

A pair of unexposed selections in County Kilkenny today.

Gowran Park 3.35- Cristal Icon

Cristal Icon is a potentially interesting runner here. Looks favourable handicapped off a lowly 47 considering he was not beaten far in a Grade One at Aintree over hurdles. Also fair effort at Killarney last year off a mark of 55 when fourth in a slightly better handicap than this one.

The big unknown today is the trip, his seasonal return over 6 furlongs was woefully inadequate, today’s one mile may still be too sharp and he may not pounce until getting ten furlongs.

Nonetheless looks worth a play at a decent opening chalk.

G0wran Park 4.35-Raphael

Kevin Prendergast-trained gelding produced a couple of respectable efforts last season the pick of which was a Curragh fourth to Warm The Voice. Not a bad seasonal return in good handicap on Guineas weekend where he was likely to need the run. Not guaranteed to stay ten but some stamina lines on the dam’s side and may be open to improvement.

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