Bolger hopes Futurity can herald new dawn
Jim Bolger's exciting prospect Herald The Dawn takes the next step on what connections hope will be the road to the top in tomorrow's Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.
A full-brother to Bolger's champion juvenile and 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach, there was surprisingly very little confidence in him when he made his debut at Naas last month but he ran well to finish second.
Next time out he made no mistake, winning comfortably, and while it is asking a lot to emulate his sibling, hopes will be high he can compete at Group Two level.
Aidan O'Brien takes him on with two, Air Vice Marshal, second in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket when last seen, and the highly-regarded Shogun, brother of Investec Oaks winner Qualify.
Away from the big yards Michael O'Callaghan is hoping to saddle exciting filly Now Or Never, ground permitting.
She could have run against her own sex in the Debutante Stakes on today, but her trainer is hoping for more give in the ground 24 hours later.
However, if there is no rain she is unlikely to line up.
"She's in very good form, great order. If she runs, I'd be very hopeful of her chances," said O'Callaghan.
"There is also the Flame Of Tara at the Curragh the following Sunday as another option.
"It would be nice to get another run into her before the Moyglare. She is a big, backward filly, and doesn't want firm ground."