Sunday 25 February 2018

Bolger considers Lincoln bid for progressive Paene Magnus

Trainer Jim Bolger
Trainer Jim Bolger

Thomas Kelly

JIM BOLGER'S Paene Magnus is among the 79 five-day acceptors for the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

The son of Teofilo has a progressive profile, but has not run since last October when landing a Listed prize over 11 furlongs at Dundalk.

Bolger's five-year-old, which has 9st 2lb to carry, also has experience of big-field handicaps having been runner-up to Campanology in a 22-runner one-mile contest at the Curragh in September.

But apart from his clear liking for an all-weather surface, the four-time winner's best runs have come on firm ground so connections will be hoping that the rain stays away from Town Moor, where the going is currently good.

Meanwhile, Emell and Tinghir were among 19 withdrawals for the Lincoln. Both had been around the 16/1 mark in the ante-post betting for the valuable handicap.

The top-weight Penitent was also taken out as he is going for the Godolphin Mile in Meydan on Dubai World Cup night. That leaves the penalised Chookie Royale and Tullius at the head of the list.

For those that do not make the cut, there is the consolation William Hill Spring Mile on the same card. George Margarson is keeping the options open for Rebellious Guest, which is also entered at Kempton the same day in the Rosebery Handicap and the Magnolia Stakes. Richard Fahey has a fine record in the race and is confident Gabrial's Kaka is ready to take his game to another level.

The Dr Marwan Koukash-owned four-year-old won just once from eight appearances last term, but ran arguably his best race in defeat on his final start, finishing runner-up behind John Gosden's subsequent Hollywood Derby hero Seek Again at York.

The son of Jeremy is set to be joined in the Lincoln by stable companion Hi There, but Brae Hill appears unlikely to make the cut, despite winning the race two years ago and being placed in 2011 and 2013.

Irish Independent

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