Bolger shrugs off Derby criticism

Jim Bolger believes he was left in a “no-win situation” after deciding to run New Approach in the Vodafone Derby after all.

Bolger had indicated the ante-post favourite would not be prepared for the Epsom Classic at a media morning in April, prompting nearly all bookmakers to withdraw him from their markets.

However, after leaving New Approach in the field at the confirmation stage, the County Carlow trainer now reports his charge “very likely” to take his chance.

Bolger recommended to Sheikh Mohammed, whose wife Princess Haya of Jordan owns the colt, that New Approach should run as long as the ground is suitable.

“It’s totally my own decision. There was no influence from the owners, but it has been approved by them,” said Bolger.

“It’s dependent on ’the man up above’ on what the ground will be, but I’d hope we’d be very likely to run. He will only run if the ground is good or easier. If it were to be good to firm, he would not run ”

Of the furore surrounding his about-face, Bolger added: “We seem to have been in a no-win situation. If you’re not going you’re in trouble and now we’re going, we’re in trouble.

“It would be nice if people would make up their minds and accept that we live in a changing world, and this is just one more change in the past couple of weeks.

“I feel sorry for people who can’t cope with minor changes like that,” he told At The Races

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