Friday 15 December 2017

Bolger ship to come in with Hudson's Bay

Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

JIM BOLGER hasn't enjoyed his characteristic explosive start to the Flat campaign, but his lorry heads to Cork tonight with a handful of decent prospects of solidifying the stable's place in second position on the numerical table behind Dermot Weld.

Despite the lack of a big-race winner to date, the Coolcullen doyen's running tally of 20 winners for a 16pc strike-rate is a fine yield. He should add to that tonight, with Hudson's Bay arguably his most interesting runner under Kevin Manning in the mile maiden.

Sheikh Mohammed's Teofilo colt kept on for third over seven furlongs on his Dundalk debut in 2012, and his sole outing last year confirmed his potential. Fourth at the Curragh in April, he travelled well before finding little for pressure over the longer 10-furlong trip.

That race was won by the subsequent Derby hero Ruler Of The World, with a raft of other winners also involved.

There is no better piece of form on offer here, so Hudson's Bay is fancied to score back over this trip, for all that he has clearly had some issues along the way. Dark Alliance, Spirited and Tango Time are all live dangers, but it is surely not for nothing that connections have decided to persist with the selection.

In the 10-furlong handicap, Bolger is also responsible for the nap selection, Edge Of Sanity.

Ostensibly, this €20,000 affair is competitive, and Edge Of Sanity is up 6lb for his recent win over 12 furlongs at Leopardstown. He ground out a brave victory from Manhattan Swing there, with the pair drawing decisively clear of the other 10 runners.

Having won his maiden over seven at Dundalk in the autumn, Manning's mount doesn't lack pace, so he has the scope to defy a relatively modest hike in the ratings.

A decent €15,000 five-furlong dash gets proceedings under way, with Dandy Boy, Nocturnal Affair and Scream Blue Murder the three to concentrate on. Slight preference is for Scream Blue Murder.

Tommy Stack's four-year-old has ground to find on Nocturnal Affair on their Naas runs behind Guerre, but she is a filly that relishes a cut and is heading in the right direction.

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