Thursday 19 April 2018

Bolger's Decision the wise choice

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Jim Bolger, whose team continues in blistering form, saddles three runners on tomorrow's Flat card at Navan.

After five winners at Naas and Gowran Park during the week, Bolger could leave Co Meath with yet another brace.

Silent Decision, his representative in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Handicap, certainly has a chance of securing the day's showpiece. Once a winner in 10 runs last year, Silent Decision's most recent start was the best of her three outings this term.

Having not been quite so effective over further previously, the four-year-old reverted to nine furlongs at Gowran a fortnight ago. That brought about obvious improvement, as Silent Decision produced a game effort to go down by just half a length.

Sugar Baby Love, under a seven-pound penalty for scoring at Leopardstown, will also be thereabouts, as will Carefree Smile, Daliyra and Lizzie Bennett. If Silent Decision produces her best, though, she is the one they all have to beat.

There will be few more intriguing contests tomorrow than the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. The five-furlong juvenile heat sees Bolger's Purple Glow re-oppose Catalpa Sail, after the duo filled the places behind Wave Of Applause last week.

That day, Dermot Weld's Catalpa Sail was run out of it by a head, with Purple Glow six lengths back in third. Under normal circumstances, Catalpa Sail would have to be fancied but, when you factor in Purple Glow's rider's claim, the Bolger filly comes out 13lbs better off. That surely hands her the advantage.

Bolger's third runner is in the Proudstown Race. Just four go to post in this, with Aidan O'Brien's Encompassing dropping back to a mile after failing to make an impression over 10 furlongs at Chester.

The Montjeu colt may prove a class apart, but Bolger's Shintoh is no slouch. Fourth in a high-class maiden at the Curragh in June, he went on to win authoritatively at Cork. If the son of Giant's Causeway is tuned up, he could upset the Ballydoyle horse.

O'Brien may also be to the fore in the maiden over one-mile-five. Of the seven runners here, his Scottish Reel and Dermot Weld's Endearing are the only two without a run, but they may be classy, given their respective pedigrees.

Scottish Reel, by Sadler's Wells out of the Group One-winning mare Necklace, gets the nod.

John Oxx's filly Kaladena is sure to improve for her respectable debut at Naas last month, but may be up against it with the colts.

In the three-year-old fillies' maiden over a mile, Weld has another chance to get on the score sheet. Crazy Days, a promising second at Gowran two weeks ago, looks the pick under Pat Smullen.

Irish Independent

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