Epsom expecting Bolger request

Epsom clerk of the course Andrew Cooper is expecting to hear from Jim Bolger to request that New Approach can be accompanied by a companion to the start of the Vodafone Derby.

It is a tactic Bolger used in the Galileo colt’s juvenile campaign to keep him calm and as he remained unbeaten, the trainer saw no need to change plans for his run in the Newmarket Guineas, but he delayed the start by some length.

Cooper is assuming Bolger will decide to use the pony again for New Approach’s Epsom tilt, but as yet he has not had confirmation.

“It is something we need to agree with all parties before we can work out how this is going to work,” said Cooper.

“We are aware of the situation and discussions are ongoing. It is in the rules of British racing that you can use a pony in a selling race just as you can in the Derby but there are rules and regulations.

“We haven’t actually had the application from Mr Bolger yet but obviously we are fully expecting one.”

Cooper is expecting track conditions to dry out today as the Derby meeting moves ever closer.

The track was hit with almost half an inch of rain on Tuesday, leaving the official going as soft, good to soft in places.

However, with a dry day anticipated, Cooper is expecting things to change by the close of play tonight.

“Today is a nice bright and sunny day and the track will probably settle down and begin to dry out,” Cooper told At The Races.

“However, there is the possibility of some rain on Friday with a weather system moving in from the east and there could possibly be a two to four millimetres of rain.

“If we were to stay dry, I would think we would be leading with good to soft at the start of racing on Friday and I will probably lose the soft places by the end of today.”

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