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Friday 9 December 2016

Vintage Charm upsets the odds to complete double for Bolger

Thomas Kelly

Published 22/10/2015 | 02:30

Trainer Jim Bolger
Trainer Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger was the trainer to follow at Navan where the Coocullen supremo landed a 76/1 double.

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The former champion was fancied to claim the fillies handicap over ten furlongs with 11/4 favourite Ringside Humour, but while she ran well it was stablemate Vintage Charm which took the spoils.

The market leader was pushed into the lead by Kevin Manning a furlong out, but the pair had no answer to Vintage Charm (10/1)which came with a storming late run under a determined Rory Cleary to pass the post three-parts of a length in front.

Earlier Bolger's Burning Bullet (6/1) showed a willing attitude when getting the better of two experienced rivals on his first outing in the opening maiden over five furlongs. Finding plenty for pressure under Kevin Manning, the 6/1 chance ran on strongly to deny favourite Aspar by half a length.

There was another winning debutant in the staying maiden as Aidan O'Brien's Goodwill (5/1) and Seamie Heffernan fended off the late challenge of stablemate Gran Paradiso by a half-length.

The five-furlong handicap saw history repeated as Ken Condon's In Salutem took the prize for the second successive year. Despite being 14lb higher in the ratings, he was sent off 6/5 favourite and always travelled well for Shane Foley to win by a length.

Most impressive winner of the afternoon came in the one-miled handicap, in which the David Nagle-trained Talented Kid (11/1) powered three lengths clear of Aye Aye Skipper in the hands of apprentice Jack Kennedy.

Irish Independent

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