Jim Bolger reports his exciting and unbeaten colt Teofilo to be in grand form after his recent win in the National Stakes.
He defeated Aidan O’Brien’s Holy Roman Emperor by an impressive length and a quarter in that Group One event, a performance that rocketed him to the head of the ante-post lists for next season's Classics.
Bolger also confirmed he is likely to make a final appearance this year in the Dewhurst at Newmarket on October 14, providing the ground does not deteriorate beforehand.
“He is extremely well and he’s improving all the time,” he said.
“The Dewhurst is still the plan for his next run unless we get heavy ground. We’re taking things one step at a time, that’s the way it’s going to be with him at this stage but he’s a massive ‘grubber’ and we might struggle to get the weight off him so we may well need a prep race in the Spring.
“It’s difficult getting a run into Group One winners though as there are penalties in the trials so I’ll have to play it by ear.”
Bolger also issued an upbeat bulletin regarding his tough and consistent mare Alexander Goldrun, who finished third in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
“She’s come home fine but we went to the wrong track,” he explained. “I am sick to be honest as she should have been here (Longchamp, for the Prix de l’Opera) instead.
“The ground was totally against her as well but she’ll now go off to Hong Kong in December (for the Hong Kong Cup) and that will be the end for her.”