Saturday 24 February 2018

Goldrush on the money for Bolger

Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Trainer Jim Bolger. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Jim Bolger's impeccably-bred Goldrush made a sparkling start to her career with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Navan yesterday.

By Frankel out of Bolger's former brilliant racemare Alexander Goldrun, it is no surprise that the China Horse Club had to fork out €1.7m for her, although she has had to wait until the September of her three-year-old season for her first taste of competitive action.

Kevin Manning was never too far from the pace on the 6/1 shot and when she hit the front two furlongs out, she soon shrugged aside odds-on favourite Frima before coming home three lengths clear of Wooster.

"It's always nice to win with a filly as well bred as she is," said Bolger. "She has been working well but we've had a few little hiccups along the way. She was a bit weak last year so we didn't run her, and a few times we had her ready to run this year and she had small little problems, nothing serious.

"She was declared to run a few times and she got rained off one day. She doesn't want soft ground but she handled that well today so she might handle a little ease in it.

"Hopefully she will go on now and be a stakes filly."

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