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Gowran Park preview

Updated: Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 13:56 | Comments

Kevin Manning partners five of boss Jim Bolger's runners at Gowran Park on Sunday
Kevin Manning partners five of boss Jim Bolger's runners at Gowran Park on Sunday

Jim Bolger sends a big squad of horses to Gowran Park, spearheaded by recent Leopardstown scorer Naoise in the Gowran Park Golf Club Societies Welcome Handicap.

The six-year-old stayed on strongly to win on Thursday, and though her 5lb penalty means she has to give weight all round, a repeat of that recent effort could see her get the better of Limerick second and third, Hilary and Measured Approval.

Bolger has another last-time-out winner in Earth Drummer in the Best Of Luck Kilkenny Hurlers Handicap, though he makes his handicap debut against the in-form Hi Emperor, who won with plenty in hand at Fairyhouse last time.

The Coolcullen handler saddles two in the Gowran Park Racing Club Membership From 100 Euro Maiden, with Solar Focus preferred by Kevin Manning ahead of newcomer Feach Ar Aghaidh.

They will both have to put in big efforts, though, as Atlantic Sea has been consistent this season and could run well again for Paul Deegan, while David Wachman's Danish Duke made an encouraging reappearance at the Curragh.

The handicapper dropped Bolger's Focas Mor 2lb after her defeat at Fairyhouse, but she will need a career-best to make up the ground on the third that day, Singapore Secret, in the BBQ Evening August 13th At Gowran Park Handicap.

Bolger's last runner is Teoleena, who may benefit from the drop in trip in the Sweet Sunday Sept 21st From 22 Euro PP Handicap, though Namurian Sunset and Port Merrion are likely to put up stiff resistance.

The final race of the day, the Here's To Another Centenary Race, sees Dundalk scorer Red Rocks Point make his seasonal reappearance for Aidan O'Brien, though Ebeyina was hugely impressive on her debut for Dermot Weld and could take some stopping.

Weld also has strong claims in the opening Family Fun Day Fillies Maiden (2.15) with Nidhaam, though Mick Halford's consistent Zaindera could be the one to beat.

 

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