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8.00 Gowran Park Kilkenny Handicap 1m1f ATR Card page 61 KEN CONDON has acted quickly following Bold Thady Quill's success at the Curragh on Saturday and tries to exploit a mandatory 5lb penalty in the feature handicap tonight.

The improving five-year-old, who is due to go up 9lb in future, renews rivalry with Potomac, who started favourite for last Saturday's showdown. Andy Oliver's charge was beaten just less than five lengths but has a 5lb turnaround in the weights and revels in testing conditions.

Park Ranger reverts back to the Flat after having a few unfortunate spins over hurdles. His last win on the level came off just 2lb lower at Listowel last September. That was on heavy ground so the conditions shouldn't be a concern.

Busy bees Bold Thady Quill, Potomac and Pivot Bridge were all in action at the Curragh on Saturday and run again here.

Course specialist Dermot Weld has a 25 per cent win-rate with his runners at Gowran Park this season with three of his 12 runners at the track successful.

Foley's on fire Shane Foley, who partners Bold Thady Quill, has ridden four winners from his last 12 rides.

vvWhattheysay Ken Condon, trainer of Bold Thady Quill "He's come out of his race on Saturday very well so we felt obliged to run here as he's 4lb well-in. He's battled-hardened and very consistent, so I would imagine he will run his usual sound race. He's still improving and handles cut in the ground, so I'm hopeful of another good run."

Andy Oliver, trainer of Potomac "We're going to let him take his chance. We really thought he would go close at the Curragh. But the ground was particularly bad there and I hope it will be looser at Gowran."

James Haplin, trainer of Headford Lady "She's had her problems but I think we have them sorted now. She has a mind of her own and that is more of a problem than her physical problems. She seems sweet in herself at the moment and she should handle the ground, although I'd be a bit concerned if was too heavy." Adrian McGuinness, trainer of Pivot Bridge "In hindsight we probably should have ridden him a bit closer to the pace on Saturday [fifth to Princeton Plains over ten furlongs] and I think we would have been placed if we did that. We will ride him more positively this time and he will go on the ground. With his nice light weight I expect him to be there or thereabouts."

Denise Foster, trainer of Sli Na Fiarana "She's in great form but I hope it doesn't rain too much more. I think the ground and the uphill finish will make it a fair stamina test, which would suit here. She won over an extended ten furlongs at Dundalk." David Jennings

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Date:Jul 3, 2012
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