Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bolger to rely on trusted Derby route with Parish Hall

Trainer Jim Bolger in the parade ring after he sent out Light Heavy to win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes. Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin.
Trainer Jim Bolger in the parade ring after he sent out Light Heavy to win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes. Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin.

Marcus Armytage

JIM BOLGER will take the 'New Approach' route with Parish Hall, last season's Dewhurst winner, by running him in the Irish 2,000 at The Curragh at the end of the month, a week before sending the colt over for Epsom Derby.

New Approach was second in the Irish Classic before winning at Epsom, although on that occasion in 2008 there was a fortnight between races.

However, after winning yesterday's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown with Light Heavy, the trainer said he was unfazed by the proximity of both races.

"Sure, there's nothing around to give him a tough race in the Irish Guineas," he quipped.

"Parish Hall hasn't been held up by the rain, but we couldn't run him on the soft. There are not an awful lot of similarities between him and New Approach, except for ability.

"I said after the Dewhurst he was up there with the best. I've no doubt he'll stay 10 furlongs and I'm optimistic he'll stay a mile and a half. There's a lot of stamina in the pedigree. I always felt Teofilo would stay a mile and a half."

Light Heavy, like Parish Hall and nearly 30 others in Bolger's yard by Teofilo, which Bolger trained to win the Dewhurst, won yesterday's Derby Trial by a neck from the Aidan O'Brien second string, Tower Rock.

Wrote, O'Brien's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner, was only third. It was Light Heavy's third win from three starts this spring, but he is not entered at Epsom and will now go straight to the Irish Derby.

"I represent the poor in racing," said Bolger who was in jovial form after the victory, declining to supplement the winner at Epsom for £80,000.

"We're glad to have won that -- he's not the same horse in that ground. We put cheek-pieces on because he's a little bit idle and I haven't got the courage to take them off now. I'm even thinking about getting a pair for myself."

Elsewhere, Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen dominated the card with a treble, kick-started by veteran Famous Name as he recorded a straightforward success in the Amethyst Stakes.

Dermot Weld's prolific seven-year-old has a tremendous record at the Foxrock track, with 11 wins there now, but was last seen stuck in the mud in the Bet365 Mile at Sandown.

Sent off 1/5 favourite, the Khalid Abdullah-owned entire stretched clear to win by four and a half lengths from ex-Lincoln winner Sweet Lightning.

Weld said: "He's a wonderful horse to train and loves being on a racecourse. He'll go for the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He has been second in it before. He'll travel throughout the year and should come back for the (Irish) Champion Stakes here later in the year."

It did not take Weld and Smullen long to record another big-race success as Yellow Rosebud, which had high-class form as a juvenile, took the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial.

Runner-up to Maybe in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh last season, the filly collared Duntle coming down the straight and ran on strongly to hold the Devotion by a length.

The in-form pair completed their hat-trick with Show Court in the last.

Meanwhile, Main Sequence, who won Saturday's Lingfield Derby Trial, will go to Epsom unbeaten in four career starts. His presence there will realise trainer David Lanigan's boyhood dream of having a Derby runner after he beat the well-backed Shantaram on the all-weather. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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