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Kevin Manning rides Trading Leather. Photo: Barry Cronin/PA Wire

Kevin Manning rides Trading Leather. Photo: Barry Cronin/PA Wire

Kevin Manning rides Trading Leather. Photo: Barry Cronin/PA Wire

AFTER a comprehensive victory in the listed Silver Stakes at the Curragh yesterday, Jim Bolger's Trading Leather is set to return to the Kildare track later this month to contest the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, for which Paddy Power has cut him from 9/1 into 6/1.

In a race when the favourite oozed too much class for his rivals, Aidan O'Brien's Lines Of Battle ran a decent race to finish second, albeit three-and-a-half lengths adrift, but other market principal Zand failed to land any blow and was a disappointing sixth for John Oxx and Declan McDonogh.

Trading Leather had run two very notable races this season when initially finishing second to subsequent Epsom Derby runner-up Libertarian in the Dante Stakes at York and then running a blinder over a mile in the Irish 2,000 Guineas behind Magician.

Bolger revealed afterwards that "all going well he'll be back here for the Irish Derby," and also reported that his stable star Dawn Approach was "very well" after his disappointment in the Epsom Derby earlier this month.

That was the second leg of a double for Bolger and Kevin Manning who earlier in the card won the opening maiden with Freedom Square.


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