Pure poetry in motion, Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning came full circle with another 2000 Guineas win, writes Bradley West.
The trainer and jockey combination combined for victory in the opening Classic of the season in 2013 with Dawn Approach.
Eight years on, three-year-old Poetic Flare followed in his sire’s hoof prints with a thrilling victory – passing Master Of The Seas right at the death to win by a short head.
Just a neck back was Lucky Vega in third as the experienced duo of Bolger and Manning enjoyed an 11th and eighth win respectively in the British and Irish Classics.
“He’s put in a huge performance. He’s a pleasure to ride, he’s bombproof, you can do what you like on him,” Manning said.
“He was giving us all the right vibes at home and his run in the Dewhurst Stakes was actually really good. I was very impressed with him at Leopardstown and I did thing he’d come forward.
“I really thought he’d be at the business end today.
“He went to the Guineas trial at Leopardstown and did it very very easy. I thought the extra furlong would suit him and that he would improve.
“I’ve always felt he was a mile horse, he’s never lacked pace and I don’t know why you’d need to go beyond a mile.”
Whereas Dawn Approach’s victory was a cruise, Poetic Flare had to work extremely hard to claw himself to the winning post from a losing position.
At the age of 54 Manning became the oldest jockey to win a British Classic for 29 years – Lester Piggott achieving the feat with Rodrigo De Triano in 1992.
And he reflected on a sweet success with a huge smile on his face.
“These are the races that everybody wants to win and to win it for a second time is fantastic,” Manning added.
“These are the races that make those long days a little bit easier.”