Friday 19 January 2018

Approach in 'awesome form' for Goodwood

Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger

JA McGrath

Jim Bolger is not a trainer to let defeat in a race such as Ascot's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes worry him. He has faith in Trading Leather, the gutsy runner-up to Novellist on Saturday, and will pick up another big prize with the colt before the season is out. That is a confident prediction.

But this week Bolger will focus on Wednesday's QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, and another race he is eager to win with Dawn Approach, which is set to meet the Richard Hannon-trained Toronado for the third time in three months. The score so far is 2-0 to Dawn Approach, but this will be a very different test.

When asked whether Dawn Approach was in good form, Bolger replied: "He's in better than good form – he's in mighty awesome form." There are no half-measures with Jim.

Trading Leather is to be dropped back to a mile and a quarter for York's Juddmonte International next month and the plan is to stay at that distance, giving him an excellent chance to exploit an opening left by Al Kazeem, which will have one outing before tackling the Arc.

Al Kazeem's prep race for the Arc will be the Irish Champion Stakes, so there is at least one clash with Trading Leather in the offing, but if the Roger Charlton-trained star is not able to run in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October, Bolger gets another crack at big money over a distance that may prove his colt's optimum trip.

Significantly, the trainer also hinted that Trading Leather could remain in training as a four-year-old.

Elsewhere, British Horseracing Authority chief executive Paul Bittar has defended the decision on how much information was made public in the report on the Mahmood Al Zarooni affair. There have been calls from some quarters for racing's regulators to reveal all of its findings after the report released on Thursday stated that no further charges would be brought.

Bittar said: "There's a distinction between the information people might want and information they might reasonably expect an independent regulator to provide during the course of an investigation. The gap between those two things might be significant.

"The risks associated with us releasing the full investigation report are not around this case. They are around processes attached to other and future investigations and people's willingness to give information to the investigators that might compromise their own employment situation."

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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