By Simon Clifford.
Royal Ascot will soon be upon and one man that rarely leaves Ascot without a winner is Jim Bolger.
The Irish trainer, who had the favourite for this year’s Epsom Derby in Dawn Approach, lost his unbeaten record in the Premier Classic when the horse came home last, having refused to settle from the offset.
The Godolphin star has already been ruled out of the St. James Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting, but still holds entries in races such as the Irish Derby at the Curragh and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
When I asked about his future plans for the horse, Bolger said: “We’ll play it by ear. It was only a slight concern how he came out of the race, but he is very well.”
Even though they’ll be no Dawn Approach at this year’s Ascot, the Coolcullen trainer will still be sending a very strong team to the meeting.
He said: “Rehn’s Nest will definitely go for the Coronation Stakes. She is very well and had a very good run in the Irish Guineas, where she finished second and came from a long way’s back and we would be hopeful that she would run well at Ascot.”
Another of Bolger’s horses is Heart Focus, who Bolger confirmed will probably go in the Albany. He said: “Her last run was very good. She was second in a listed race at Naas over six furlongs and the filly that beat her on that occasion is probably the best filly in England at the present time.”
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