Goldrun ready for Cup bid

Jim Bolger is hoping Alexander Goldrun can step up on recent form and repeat her victory of last year in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup next Sunday.

Jim Bolger is hoping Alexander Goldrun can step up on recent form and repeat her victory of last year in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup next Sunday.

The four-year-old, who arrived in Hong Kong last Friday, just got up to beat Bullish Luck by a short head in the 10-furlong race at Sha Tin last year and Bolger believes she is in similar form this time.

“We’ll have to see how she is when I arrive in Hong Kong on Tuesday but I think she is in as good a condition as last year,” said Bolger.

Alexander Goldrun lifted the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and Goodwood’s Nassau Stakes earlier in the year but she was well beaten on her last start in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

However, Bolger blames easy ground that day for the filly’s defeat and admits she should probably have bypassed the race.

He added: “I should never have allowed her to run at Newmarket last time.

“The ground was soft and loose and she hated it. I cannot think why I made that mistake. I am a very slow learner!”

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