Rumour mill suggests that Bolger may be about to Strike once more

Remember some of the press reports about Dawn Approach, after the horse had beaten Mister Marc by two and three quarter lengths at Naas last month?

A handful of observers, especially in England, appeared to be less than impressed and workmanlike seemed the word most loved by them to describe the performance.

We waffled on here about it a few weeks back, putting up Dawn Approach as one who was going to give us a decent payday come Royal Ascot.

I always hoped Jim Bolger would run the horse in today’s seven furlongs Chesham Stakes, rather than in last Tuesday’s furlong shorter Coventry Stakes.

But with the ground riding on the soft side on Tuesday, Bolger decided the Coventry was the right race for his colt and many of us were more than happy to row in behind his judgement.

And we were rewarded, with Dawn Approach getting down and dirty when the need was greatest and winning comfortably in the end.

You could call it workmanlike if you wanted, call it what you like, who cares, but the bottom line is that this horse’s score is now four from four and he’s as good as any cash machine!

You’d have to admire Bolger, who has never courted popularity and is all the better for it.

Ask him an intelligent question and you will get an intelligent and well thought-out answer.

But he doesn’t suffer fools gladly and if you provide him with the opening he’s more deadly than Andy Cole was from three feet.

We saw it on the BBC on Tuesday, in the aftermath of Dawn Approach’s win, when the interviewer stated that Bolger had previously said this was the best two-year-old he had ever trained.

The trainer made the correction instantly, telling the man with the microphone that what he had actually said was that Dawn Approach was among the best two-year-olds he had ever trained.

Recently on ATR another microphone wielder asked Bolger if he was in the process of dusting down the old tops and tails in preparation for the Royal meeting.

Bolger’s response? “There’s no dust where I come from”, or words to that that effect, was simply hilarious.

Anyway, in Dawn Approach he has a real gem and it was so refreshing to hear him say the horse would have three more runs this season, which would be seven in all.

We know he is going to be even better when stepped up to seven furlongs and really is a typical Bolger inmate, tough as nails and talented to boot.

Today, Bolger will try and win the Chesham with another of his juveniles, the twice-raced Moved To Strike.

Beaten into third behind Aidan O’Brien’s Forester on his debut at Leopardstown, he made no mistake next time when trouncing the subsequent winner, Slope, by nine lengths at the Curragh.

The rumour mill tells us he is not a million miles behind Dawn Approach, so we have to be with him.

Aidan O’Brien engaged in some ferocious self-flagellation, in the wake of So You Think’s comfortable success in the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.

O’Brien gave out about himself, and then gave out some more, about how badly he had trained the horse and was glad had finally got it right.

But it all seemed so unnecessary because, at least to my way of thinking, what So You Think did at Ascot wasn’t much in advance of anything previously accomplished by the ex-Australian horse in this part of the world.

I mean he beat Carlton House in the Prince Of Wales, who had his limitations ruthlessly exposed in last year’s Irish Derby at the Curragh.

And the third horse, Farhh, finished like a train, after getting a shocking drive from Frankie Dettori.

And on the subject of Dettori, why has this brilliant rider, not withstanding that he won the Gold Cup at Ascot on Thursday, suddenly become almost a second-class citizen in his adopted country? Or, rather more accurately, with Godolphin.

Many trainers in Ireland say they are way down in numbers and struggling, at least in some cases, to get paid for those that they have.

But, surprisingly, entries have at times of late been huge and a real case in point was Wexford on Wednesday.

The track played host to eight races and that was after a whopping 177 horses had been balloted out. So what’s going on?

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