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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Tonight's action: three runners who catch the eye at Gowran Park

Gowran Park stage one of their featured Flat meetings of the summer this evening
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Following afternoon action at Newton Abbot, Beverley and Salisbury, three evening cards are headed by Gowran Park, the sole Irish meeting today. Their eight-race card kicks off at 4.35 and here are three to follow.

Arthurian Fame
5.40 Gowran Park

Joseph O'Brien'sthree-year-old finished a good third behind Rionach and Aussie Valentine last time out on his firstrun over a mile at Killarney on fast ground.

That form has been franked since with the aforementioned pair filling the third and fourth-placed spots in an ultra-competitive mile handicap at the Galway festival.

Arthurian Fame shaped as if he needed further than a mile that day and the son of Camelot should be suited by the extra yardage tonight.

A mark of 86 looks workable and, with Shane Crosse claiming 7lb off his back, he should have the tools to put it up to clear market leader Whirling Dervish.

Liquid Amber
6.10 Gowran Park

Liquid Amberwas thought good enough by connections to tackle the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on her first start of the season,and wehaven't seenher since.

While she finished down the field that day, she was probably unsuited by the way the race panned out and should appreciate the step down to Listed level this evening.

Along with likely favourite Curly, she would be the most unexposed runner in the field and Willie McCreery will be hoping that his filly can develop into a Group performer in the autumn.

First Response
8.10 Gowran Park

Ger Lyons and Khalid Abdullah have already teamed up to good effectthis season and they reconvene with First Response, who was pitched in at the deep end behind hardy campaigners Threeandfourpence and Theobald on his first racecourse outing at Naas last month.

He was only beaten four lengths that day, despite conceding plenty of experience to the first two and, although the wide draw makes life tougher, the First Defence gelding canshow the benefit of that run in the concluding 1m1½f maiden at the Irish track.


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Willie McCreery will be hoping that his filly can develop into a Group performer in the autumn
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