Thursday 21 November 2019

Vintage Charm upsets the odds to complete double for Bolger

Trainer Jim Bolger
Trainer Jim Bolger

Thomas Kelly

Jim Bolger was the trainer to follow at Navan where the Coocullen supremo landed a 76/1 double.

The former champion was fancied to claim the fillies handicap over ten furlongs with 11/4 favourite Ringside Humour, but while she ran well it was stablemate Vintage Charm which took the spoils.

The market leader was pushed into the lead by Kevin Manning a furlong out, but the pair had no answer to Vintage Charm (10/1)which came with a storming late run under a determined Rory Cleary to pass the post three-parts of a length in front.

Earlier Bolger's Burning Bullet (6/1) showed a willing attitude when getting the better of two experienced rivals on his first outing in the opening maiden over five furlongs. Finding plenty for pressure under Kevin Manning, the 6/1 chance ran on strongly to deny favourite Aspar by half a length.

There was another winning debutant in the staying maiden as Aidan O'Brien's Goodwill (5/1) and Seamie Heffernan fended off the late challenge of stablemate Gran Paradiso by a half-length.

The five-furlong handicap saw history repeated as Ken Condon's In Salutem took the prize for the second successive year. Despite being 14lb higher in the ratings, he was sent off 6/5 favourite and always travelled well for Shane Foley to win by a length.

Most impressive winner of the afternoon came in the one-miled handicap, in which the David Nagle-trained Talented Kid (11/1) powered three lengths clear of Aye Aye Skipper in the hands of apprentice Jack Kennedy.

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