O’Brien weighs up Gowran options

Joseph O'Brien could run leading Cheltenham Festival contender West Coast Time at Gowran Park on Thursday.

Joseph O'Brien could run JP McManus' Aeglos on Thursday

The Westerner gelding was an impressive nine length winner of a Cork bumper on his racecourse debut and is the 9/1 third favourite for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper with Sky Bet.

The five-year-old is owned by Michael Tabor whose Refinement finished second in the 2004 renewal of the Cheltenham Festival contest.

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West Coast Time is one of two entries for O'Brien in the P.J. Foley Memorial Race.

Aeglos is the more experienced of the pair having had three starts, winning at Leopardstown last time.

"We've two entered in the winners' bumper. Aeglos surprised me with how easy he won at Leopardstown, while West Coast Time showed a good turn of foot to win at Cork," the trainer told his blog for BoyleSports.

"It's 50/50 that either will run. We'll see what way the ground is closer the time."

Willie Mullins won the race with subsequent Cheltenham fourth Black Hercules in 2014 and Ireland's Champion Trainer is responsible for five of the entries including the first two in Sky Bet's ante-post market, Getabird and Ballyward.

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