New Approach turned in a solid, if unspectacular, display to claim the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Punters were denied the mouthwatering rematch between Bolger’s charge and Duke Of Marmalade, who was taken out due to the ground, but were compensated by another winning performance from the Epsom Classic scorer.
Sent off at odds of 8-13, New Approach was always close to a brisk pace initiated by Red Rock Canyon and went for the jugular on the turn for home.
Kevin Manning’s mount, who was again ponied down to the start, held all the aces inside the last furlong but needed to be kept up to his work to defeat Traffic Guard (50-1) by half a length.
Bolger said: “He was only doing what he had to do and Kevin confirmed that he had bundles in the tank.
“It was a nice, easy race for him and he should come out of it well.
“He’s in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, he’s in the Arc and he’s also in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“He’ll probably run in two of those three.”
Bookmaker reaction to New Approach’s Champion Stakes triumph was mixed.
Blue Square cut him from 8-1 to 7s for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, while VC Bet now go as short as 6-1 for the Longchamp feature.
Paddy Power were less impressed, however, and remained unchanged at 13-2 about the colt’s Arc chances.
Stan James and William Hill were even more ruthless and pushed out New Approach to 10-1 from 8s.
It was a memorable afternoon for Bolger, whose Lush Lashes secured another Group One victory in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes.
Bolger’s charge was always prominent in the one-mile contest and stalked the pacesetting Lady Gloria some way from home.
But once Manning pressed the button as the pair straightened for home, the response was as emphatic as it was decisive.
Lush Lashes galloped strongly all the way to line – but by no means had it all her own way.
Nahoodh and Halfway To Heaven both tried to outflank the market leader to initiate a pulsating finish.
But Lush Lashes’ class and battling spirit again came to the fore as Manning’s mount claimed a neck triumph over Nahoodh, with Halfway To Heaven third.
Bolger said: “There’s now the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp and the Hong Kong Cup that Alexander Goldrun won. The Breeders’ Cup is also a possibility.
“I would think she will remain in training next year.”
Dermot Weld was out of luck in the Group Three At The Races Kilternan Stakes as odds-on favourite Famous Name could only finish second to Aidan O’Brien’s The Bogberry.
Baliyana won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for the John Oxx and Mick Kinane team, who also struck gold with Masiyma in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Autumn Fillies Handicap.
David Marnane landed a notable one-two with Rain Rush and Maundy Money in the Leopardstown Pavilion September Handicap.
Bolger put the seal on a dream day when Vocalised completed a treble for the master of Coolcullen in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
Manning’s partner scorched home as the 6-4 favourite to earn a quote of 33-1 from William Hill for next season’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.