Bolger back in the opening number one spot on opening day of Flat season at Naas


The son of Dawn Approach beat Ballydoyle newcomer Lipizzaner by half a length

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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Jim Bolger is no stranger to success in the opening juvenile maiden of the season


The opening juvenile maiden of the season is one Jim Bolger used to farm back in the day, writes Justin O'Hanlon. 

Although wins in the race have not been as frequent in recent years - he had not won this race since it was run at the Curragh in 2013 - Bolger was back in the winner's enclosure on the first day of the season as 2-1 joint-favourite Poetic Flare obliged in the hands of Kevin Manning.

The son of Dawn Approach, who won this race for the stable in 2012, showed inexperience to halfway, but asserted strongly at the line to account for Ballydoyle newcomer Lipizzaner by half a length.

“That was very straightforward, he did it well and I was very pleased with him,” Manning said.

“He knew his job. He'll be better when he gets nicer ground and a step up in trip will suit him well, overall he was very professional.”

Bolger was not present, but his travelling head groom Ger Flynn added: “We've had him once on grass and he worked nicely enough. Kevin said the ground was very tacky, but he's a nice, genuine and honest horse. It's hard to make plans the way things are but it's nice to get the first on the board."

Lipizzaner got closest to the winner under Seamie Heffernan, who said: “He's a lovely horse, he just got a bit tired and the winner might just have been a bit fitter than ours."

That was very straightforward, he did it well and I was very pleased with him.

- Kevin Manning 

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