Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Racing

Bolger toasting double success

Radharcnafarraige came with a well-timed challenge to claim top honours in the Group Three Ballyogan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Jim Bolger's charge was sent off a 14-1 shot in the hands of Kevin Manning and he opted to bide his time as Timeless Call set the early pace in the six-furlong heat.

Although forced to race wide, Radharcnafarraige was still in a good position turning for home and Manning opted to unleash her on the outside.

She soon swamped the early leaders but just began to drift slightly across the track to the rail in the closing stages.

That allowed Peahen to come with a powerful late run down the middle of the track and while she gave her all for Johnny Murtagh, she just failed by a head at the line.

The result made it a double for Bolger and Manning, who had prevailed with Zip Top in the previous Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Bolger said: “We were thrilled to see her back as she was a good two-year-old last year but disappointed on her last two starts.

“I'm delighted for her and the National Cancer Institute as the get the (prize) money.

“She was being a little bit aggressive in the last week or so which is good for her.

“I would say it will be more of the same name now.”

Of Zip Top, Bolger added: “Zip Top is a smart horse and will go down the same route as any of the good two year olds. Kevin said he could even go back to six furlongs.”

Meanwhile, Rumh took the Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes at Newbury by an assured six l engths.

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph