Wednesday 16 January 2019

Double act sees Bolger steal show

JIM BOLGER stole the show at Leopardstown yesterday evening when he completed a double at the Dublin track, including the feature Ballyogan Stakes with Radharcnafarraige.

Despite being a 14/1 shot, Radharcnafarraige was a very popular winner of the Group Three contest as it carried the colours of Grainne Seoige and all of the winnings were donated to the charity of which Seoige is a patron, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), which is based in Galway.

The three-year-old dropped back to six furlongs having raced over seven and a mile on her last two starts, and with the rain, which changed the ground to the easy side of good, working in her favour, the tough daughter of Distorted Humor added another €37,375 to the charity's coffers.


She stayed on gamely to beat Peahen by a head and bring the total proceeds from the horse to over €80,000.

Bolger was naturally delighted and said afterwards: “We will keep looking for more of the same for her. Maybe we were getting it wrong and she doesn't quite get the mile.”

Seoige herself was absent due to work commitments in London but she was quick to show her delight through Twitter, where she posted: “She won! Radharcnafarraige wins the Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown! Great race – gwanyagoodthing!”

Bolger and his stable jockey and son-in-law Kevin Manning completed a double in the evening, the first of the Bulmers Live Summer Meetings at Leopardstown, as they earlier scored with impressive newcomer Zip Top.

Carrying the famous maroon and white colours of Sheikh Mohammad, the colt made a winning debut in the seven-furlong colts’ maiden by showing good acceleration to instigate the brace.

Bolger described the colt as “a smart horse” and he was looking forward to going down a similar route to that of his previous champion juveniles Teofilo and New Approach.

“He is a smart horse and could go down the route of those good twoyear- olds with something like the Tyros Stakes next. Kevin (Manning) said he could even drop back to six furlongs.”

Bolger added: “I have three twoyear- olds for the owner, two fillies and this fella, as well as a three-yearold who didn't run last year.”

There was a big upset in the concluding Nijinsky Stakes as 20/1 shot Laughing held the odds-on favourite Notable Graduate by the narrowest of margins in the most fascinating of finishes.

The Charles O'Brien-trained filly was almost withdrawn before the race due to the change of ground and heavy rain and she is unlikely to be such a big price in future as she's clearly a very progressive type. “She settled well today and that was the key because if she failed to settle she wouldn't have got home. It wasn't a bad little race and that opens up a range of options.”

Dermot Weld saddled Yellow Rosebud to land the opening race of the evening and at odds of 14/1 in the colours of Dr Ronan Lambe.

An impressive winner on her debut, the daughter of Jeremy made a winning start to her career and is likely to be stepped up accordingly next time.

Weld said; “She's a very talented filly and did that with minimum fuss. She will have a couple of weeks off now and come back for the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August.

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