Best known for staging the historic Thyestes Chase in January of each year, Gowran Park is renowned as one of the most scenic racecourses in the country. Situated close to many famed training and breeding establishments in the heart of County Kilkenny, Gowran Park hosts regular high-profile races over the jumps and on the Flat and is in use all year round. The Thyestes is the most valuable event at the course and attracts the biggest crowds to the picturesque venue. Trials for the bigger National Hunt festivals at home and abroad take place at the course in mid-February and a number of stars of the Flat have also graced the turf there. Gowran Park plays its part as the new National Hunt season gets into full swing every year with a major two-day festival in October. The race course is also home to a highly-regarded 18-hole golf course and is located just outside the village of Gowran on the old Dublin/Waterford road.