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Condon plotting a swift sequel for Quill

BOLD THADY QUILL could be back in action at Cork on Saturday following a superb run in defeat in the Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh last weekend.

The ultra-consistent six-year-old ran a fantastic race in the feature event of the first day of the Irish Flat turf season to finish third, beaten just four lengths by the impressive Sweet Lightning.

Bold Thady Quill could be turned out quickly for the Listed Cork Stakes on Saturday and his trainer Ken Condon feels he could do with some help from the handicapper.

Condon said: "He ran a good race and we know he likes the Curragh.

"He doesn't win too often as the handicapper has a good hold of him – I don't think he has any secrets from anybody.

"He pays for his consistency, unfortunately, and he is 10lbs higher than his last win.

"While he always runs a good race, he normally finds one or two better handicapped than him.



"He's in a Listed race at Cork on Saturday over six furlongs, which is probably a bit short for him but the ground is so testing at the moment and we know he handles it.

"We might let him take his chance, but we'll see how he is later in the week.

"He'll be aimed at all those big handicaps over a mile through the season."

A couple of places and just half a length further back in fifth in the Irish Lincolnshire was Bold Thady Quill's stable companion Macbeth.

Condon is hopeful he can go on to make his mark at Listed level this year.

"We were very happy with how he ran. He travelled very well and just got a bit tired in the last furlong," said the County Kildare handler.

"It's been a very difficult spring as the grass gallops haven't been open at the Curragh because the ground has been so soft.

"He'll probably go back to the Curragh for the Alleged Stakes now and we'll be aiming at a few of those Listed races over a mile-to-10 furlongs at the Curragh and Leopardstown."