Bolger - We will not delay Derby start

New Approach has been given permission by the Epsom stewards to join the Derby parade out of position.

The Galileo colt is notoriously highly-strung and to give the horse every chance of keeping its cool, the authorities have given him special dispensation to take up the final position in the pre-race parade.

Jim Bolger’s colt delayed the start of the 2000 Guineas after being accompanied to post by a pony and while that practice will be in use once again, the trainer has stressed to the stewards he will not delay the start.

Bolger said: “We have been given permission for the horse to parade last, but if the horse does not parade of his own volition then I cannot make him parade.

“It is not my intention to upset anyone – I am a guest here at Epsom.”

Paul Struthers, head of communications for the British Horseracing Authority, said: “Jim Bolger gave a very firm commitment that he would not delay the start.

“The horse will set off last but will hack canter behind the other horses.

“At the top of the hill they normally walk down to the start from there and if New Approach is still behind at that point he will trot down to the start.

“Mr Bolger gave a firm undertaking that he would not delay the start, but if that undertaking proves inaccurate he will be in breach of Rule 220 (VIII) in that he misled the stewards over delaying the race and the matter would be referred.

“He (Bolger) mentioned health and safety and if it is a health and safety issue then the stewards have to be mindful of that and as he gave a clear assurance that he wouldn’t delay the start, the stewards accepted his request.”

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