Thursday 23 November 2017

Steip Amach sparkles in Amethyst Stakes for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning

Steip Amach (far side) just gets the better of Cougar Mountain
Steip Amach (far side) just gets the better of Cougar Mountain

Not for the first time Jim Bolger pulled a rabbit out of the hat as Steip Amach rallied gamely to fend off Cougar Mountain in the Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown.

Kevin Manning sat just on the quarters of the pace-setting Brendan Brackan before kicking for home over a furlong out.

Ryan Moore had to come from last in the Group Three on Aidan O'Brien's Cougar Mountain but he made a bold move right around the outside on the bend.

The five-year-old went a neck up on the filly but his exertions began to take a toll and Steip Amach fought back gallantly to win at 14-1.

Manning said: "She got headed but she really put her head down, she kept picking up and battled back."

Bolger said: "She's a trier. I felt she's a better filly this year, but the ground has been very bad on her previous two runs.

"With the better ground I think we got a better result from her.

"I'd love to keep her racing but when you're in the situation I'm in, in a very high-risk business, she might get sold at some stage.

"I'd love to keep her as a broodmare, as she'd be very easy to mate.

"I would say the big target is the Matron Stakes at the end of the year and that might just be the race for her, and maybe a trip to the July Course (Newmarket) for the Falmouth."

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