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O'Leary wants to see more rain for Prince Of Scars

Prince Of Scars (Emily MacMahon) on the gallops: is second favourite for the Goffs Thyestes
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Eddie O'Leary, Gigginstown's racing manager, admitted he would have been very confident about the chances of Prince Of Scars in Thursday's Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park had more rain fallen in the build up to the race. 

Prince Of Scars has yet to win a chase, but O'Leary believes we have yet to see the best of the seven-year-old over fences and we won't until the ground gets much softer. 

Goffs Thyestes Chase card

However, bookmakers believe the Grade 1 winner over hurdles is still Gordon Elliott's best chance of keeping his remarkable run in valuable handicap chases going and has been cut into 8-1 second favourite by BoyleSports.

"It is such a shame that Prince Of Scars has not got his ground yet. Usually the Thyestes is run on bottomless, winter ground and that would have suited him down to a tee. That's what he wants. If the ground was softer I'd have been very keen on him," O'Leary said. 

"It is a similar story for Wounded Warrior. He also needs plenty of cut in the ground, but it has been a very dry winter which is not good for these sort of horses. We will have plenty of runners in the Thyestes and hopefully one of them will come up trumps."

Henry de Bromhead is hoping the cream will rise to the top with Champagne West, who will have to carry 11st 7lb under David Mullins. 

"Champagne West is in good form. I think he likes soft ground so he might prefer it a bit deeper but there's nothing we can do about that. He done it well at Tramore and has some good form in the book," De Bromhead said. 

The ante-post favourite, The Crafty Butcher, who is 5-1 with most firms is not guarantee to get in. The Paddy Power runner-up is number 24 on the list and needs six to come out as there's a maximum field of 18.

Usually the Thyestes is run on bottomless, winter ground and that would have suited him down to a tee
E.W. Terms