Saturday 18 November 2017

Delight for Bolger as Moonlight turns on the magic once again

Trainer Jim Bolger
Trainer Jim Bolger

Thomas Kelly

Moonlight Magic supplemented his debut success just eight days ago when he came with an irresistible late to run to take Listed spoils in the Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown yesterday.

Trainer Jim Bolger decided to turn the Cape Cross colt out again quickly to give him more experience and it paid off as Moonlight Magic (5/1) appreciated the nine furlongs.

Landofhopeandglory was soon at the head of affairs and made a gallant attempt to collect, but Kevin Manning was patient on Moonlight Magic until unleashing him on the outside.

Getting on top in the last 100 yards, he went on to score by three-quarters of a length to give the trainer and jockey a double following Theodorico's win in the nursery.

Paddy Power were impressed and cut Moonlight Magic to 20/1 from 33s for the Investec Derby.

"He's a good horse. He was a little bit backward and just made it this year," said Bolger.

"I'd say he'll improve a lot over the winter and hopefully he'll be back here for the Derrinstown Derby Trial. He did it very well the first day but when he hit the front he idled."

Leigh Roche was coolness personified as Silver Concorde snatched victory in the Tote November Handicap.

He was trapped on the far rail inside the final furlong but managed to pull Dermot Weld's lightly-raced seven-year-old out in the nick of time.

Sr Cartage took the 23 runners along and led into the final furlong where the race reached its climax.


George Baker's Guard Of Honour looked for a moment as though he might go one better than in the Irish Cesarewitch, but there was no denying Silver Concorde (10/1) as the 2014 Cheltenham Bumper winner grabbed the initiative.

Beaten favourite when seventh in the Irish Cesarewich two weeks ago, he made amends with a neck verdict over Guard Of Honour (12/1), with Sr Cartage (8/1) a neck back in third.

It was tough luck on newly-crowned Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen as he rejected Silver Concorde in favour of stablemate Zafayan.

Aidan O'Brien took the opening race with Pretty Perfect. Ridden positively by O'Brien's daughter Anna, the daughter of Galileo was always handy as she got the better of Crafted Jewel.

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