Monday 23 April 2018

Bolger opens up with one-two

Mimicking leads home a Bolger one-two
Mimicking leads home a Bolger one-two

Jim Bolger initiated a treble when he sent out two newcomers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at the Curragh to land a one-two for the stable.

Ard San Aer broke smartly in the five-furlong contest and led the field of juveniles along before being joined by stablemate Mimicking down the outside going to the furlong pole.

The 2-1 favourite, racing in the colours of Godolphin from her wide draw in stall one, soon asserted and she went away to score by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Kevin Manning.

Bolger, later successful with Flight Risk and Parish Hall, said: "Kevin was very happy with her. She could go for the Marble Hill (at the Curragh next month) and maybe (Royal) Ascot. She was a little bit green but was on her own out there, and I thought she did it well from the stall she was in. The second is speedy and hopefully he has a future as well."

Manning added: "She has done it well. She had an outside draw into a headwind, but I couldn't afford to be dropping in. They were all abreast across the track. She's done it the hard way. She picked up when she met the rising ground. I'd be very pleased with her."

Penny Pepper (5-1) finished second on both her runs when trained by Eve Johnson Houghton in England last year, and she took the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on her Irish debut for the Kevin Prendergast team.

Always prominent under the in-form Chris Hayes, she asserted from the quarter-mile pole to score by two and a half lengths without being threatened as Countess Constance grabbed second spot.

Prendergast said: "She was in training in England last year and I have had her since January. Hopefully she can get some black type. She travelled nicely and was a little bit fresh. I trained the dam (Evening Time) and she was quite good."

Hayes added: "She had been doing things nicely without us turning the screw. I was very happy with her. What sort of race it was I don't know - to be honest, it didn't ride the strongest of races. All my filly can do is improve. I'd say her overall target would maybe be that big sprint for three-year-olds only in Naas in a couple of weeks' time."

Aidan O'Brien took the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for three-year-olds with the yard's supposed second string, the debutant Sandro Botticelli (11-1), ridden by Seamie Heffernan.

Stablemate Los Barbados was sent off the favourite but got into a barging match down the outside as Sandro Botticelli, a son of Galileo, slipped through on the rails to win by three-quarters of a length.

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