Thursday 29 September 2016

Jim Bolger's Pleascach battles to Yorkshire Oaks success

Nick Robson

Published 20/08/2015 | 16:12

Kevin Manning riding Pleascach (L) win The Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York
Kevin Manning riding Pleascach (L) win The Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York

Pleascach stayed on best of them all to get up in the shadow of the post and claim a battling success in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on the Knavesmire.

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Although put in her place by Covert Love in the Irish Oaks last time out, the Jim Bolger-trained filly reversed the placings to clinch a narrow victory in the Group One event.

Covert Love set a sedate pace early on, with Pat Smullen looking to turn the race into a sprint and kick on from the front.

The move looked to have worked as the 15-8 favourite appeared to have all her rivals on the ropes entering the concluding stages of the mile-and-a-half feature.

But deep inside the final furlong Hugo Palmer's charge saw her stride just start to shorten, while a determined Kevin Manning continued to get more from the eventual winner.

As the post loomed, the 8-1 winner finally wore down the long-time leader to put her head in front by a neck, adding to her victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas earlier this season.

Bolger was winning the race for the first time since Lush Lashes in 2008. French challenger Sea Calisi was a further neck away in third.

The winner was given a fine ride by Kevin Manning, who said: "She battled all the way to the line and she's done it very well.

"I thought she ran a little bit flat the last day and didn't run up to scratch.

"I thought she was back to her best when I rode her work last week.

"She goes on various types of ground and is a very talented filly."

Bolger said: "Previously we tried to settle her a little bit and it meant breaking her stride and Kevin decided whatever happened he wasn't going to break her stride today. He gave her a beautiful ride

"We knew she was at the top of her game coming here.

"We'll have to see how she comes out of this, but maybe something at Longchamp like the Prix de l'Opera."

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