Saturday 17 February 2018

Banimpire strikes for Bolger

Thomas Kelly

Jim Bolger yet again showed his horses are amongst the toughest in training as Banimpire followed up a win at Cork last Sunday in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

It was the teak-tough filly's fifth victory from seven starts in a busy campaign. Her only defeats this year came on her seasonal reappearance behind Windsor Forest winner Lolly For Dolly and when she found a mile too sharp in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Bolger was worried after heavy rain altered the going to good to soft, soft in places, but Kevin Manning was always confident the 3/1 favourite would catch long-time leader Field Of Miracles. She did just that, although the game runner-up came back at her and the winning distance was just a short head.

"All she does is eats and sleeps and the only time she exerts herself is on the racecourse," said Bolger. "I'll probably find a race between now and the Irish Oaks (July 17) and then we'll do what the French do and give her a break before the Prix de l'Opera."

Manning's celebrations were slightly tempered when he was given a two-day ban (July 1 and 3) for using his whip with excessive frequency and in the incorrect place.

Phillip Makin cemented his blossoming partnership with trainer Kevin Ryan when Bapak Chinta maintained his unbeaten record in the Norfolk Stakes.

It's unusual for any horse to win two big handicaps in the same season, but Hughie Morrison's Sagramor followed up his triumph in Haydock's Silver Bowl with a gutsy success in the Britannia Stakes.

Winning jockey Nicky Mackay was given a four-day ban for using his whip with excessive frequency, while Jack Mitchell -- rider of the third, The Tichborne -- was given a seven-day ban for the same offence.

Morrison then followed up in the next when Pisco Sour (20/1) landed the Tercentenary Stakes to give him a 188/1 double.

Manchester United striker Michael Owen, with tears of joy rolling down his cheeks, celebrated the biggest winner of his career as an owner yesterday when Brown Panther, a colt he also bred, beat Census, part-owned by Liz Hurley, to win the King George V Stakes.

Sent off the 4/1 joint-favourite, the home-bred scooted clear under Richard Kingscote to give the jockey and trainer Tom Dascombe their second winner of the week following Rhythm Of Light in the Sandringham 24 hours earlier.

Irish Independent

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