Sunday 17 February 2019

Bolger sends 'Dexterity' straight to Guineas

Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Jim Bolger will send star three-year-old Verbal Dexterity straight to next month's English 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket without a prep run.

The son of Vocalised was touted as a potential candidate for European Champion two-year-old last autumn before finishing fourth behind Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy despite interrupted preparation.

Bolger places the blame for the below-par performance on himself and the Carlow handler is confident that he can put his best foot forward on May 5.

"His trainer didn't shine with him at the back end of last season. I was hoping to run him in the Dewhurst, but he didn't scope right leading up to it and we didn't run," Bolger said in an At The Races stable tour. "We decided to take a chance and run him in the Racing Post Trophy two weeks later, but it didn't work out and he never raised a gallop.

"Considering that he never travelled, we were amazed at how close he finished (beaten three-and-a-half lengths) for a horse that was so wrong. He was quiet for a month after that and it must have been a low-level bug that just knocked the edge off him.

"It wasn't a good day at the office for me and we paid the price for it. He has done well over the winter. He was a very mature-looking two-year-old, but he has continued to grow.

"I think he'll stay at least a mile and a quarter and he seems versatile with regard to ground. The plan is to run him in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and he won't have a run before then."

Irish Independent

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