Thursday 27 July 2017

Ban bids for classic glory

Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo: Alan Crowhurst, Getty Images
Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo: Alan Crowhurst, Getty Images

Ashley Iveson

Jim Bolger does not expect the drop in distance to be a problem for Banimpire when she goes for Classic glory in Sunday's Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The three-year-old is already enjoying a profitable year, running out a surprise winner of the Ballysax Stakes before striking gold again at both Gowran Park and Naas.

Having defeated the likes of Derby hope Recital and recent French Guineas third Wild Wind, her form looks rock solid and her trainer expects a bold show this weekend.

"She's in good form and has been running well. Her form is good," said Bolger.

"I'm happy with her and she doesn't lack toe, so I'd hope she'll be all right back over a mile. We hope she has a good chance."

The Coolcullen maestro also saddles recent Naas maiden winner Claiomh Solais and is looking forward to stepping her up in grade.

"She is stepping up but she won well at Naas and is a good filly. Hopefully she has a chance," Bolger added.



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