Bolger regains rightful place as ruler of Turf

 

Never mind waiting for the dish to get cold before serving up your revenge. Jim Bolger had barely hosed down Dawn Approach after his ignominious Derby defeat before turning him out to win at Royal Ascot, and had to wait only a few days more to turn over the Epsom winner in the Classic he cherishes most. In his own estimation, moreover, the success of Trading Leather at the Curragh on Saturday evening represents the crowning moment of what must be acknowledged one of the most significant careers in modern Turf history.

Aside from his own achievements as a trainer and breeder, after all, Bolger was once mentor to Aidan O'Brien – who had brought Ruler Of The World to the Irish Derby as odds-on favourite to extend his monopoly of the race to a staggering eighth year. A young rider named Tony McCoy was another to pass through Bolger's Co Carlow academy, while Bolger has also made a critical intervention between the superpowers of the bloodstock market, opening a priceless conduit into the blood of Coolmore's outstanding stallion, Galileo, for Sheikh Mohammed.

Bolger's regard for his home Classics became plain when he appeared to take Galileo's son, New Approach, to his Epsom success in 2008 more or less inadvertently. As a home-bred colt, ridden by his son-in-law in the silks of his wife, Trading Leather consummates everything Bolger has set out to do – not least because he now intends to retain him as a stallion. As he remarked, in characteristically salty vein: "To be fair, when I have put him on the market before, there hasn't exactly been a rush of interest."

St Jovite, Bolger's previous winner of this race in 1992, proceeded to beat older horses in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and it is edifying that Bolger is giving consideration to taking the same route with Trading Leather – the race having lost much of its lustre since, through its neglect by the top three-year-olds.

For now the pecking order among his contemporaries, over middle distances, has been thrown wide open by Trading Leather. Ruler Of The World could manage no better than fifth on Saturday, while the Epsom runner-up, Libertarian, beat only one home on his final start for Elaine and Karl Burke. There is already a rush to disparage the quality of this crop but it is worth remembering that both Ruler Of The World and Libertarian only made their debuts in April. Having come so far so quickly, either might have been entitled to a break after Epsom – and both duly deserve another chance, especially back on an easier surface.

Trading Leather certainly saw out the trip well in a race run at a strong pace. Bolger believes that the winner's sire, Teofilo, would have stayed middle distances, had he been able to run at three, and the young stallion is now matching the breakthrough already made by New Approach, as another of Galileo's first champions. Yesterday, in fact, Teofilo produced a second Group One winner in 24 hours when Havana Gold got up to win the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly under Mickael Barzalona. Richard Hannon's colt had finished fourth behind Magician in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, where the pair were divided by the subsequent Jersey Stakes winner Gale Force Ten and Trading Leather. That form is looking pretty special now.

Another British raider exported the big prize at the Curragh yesterday when Ambivalent, trained by Roger Varian, made all in the Oxigen Pretty Polly Stakes. She duly maintained a vintage run of form for Johnny Murtagh, who ended up as top jockey at Royal Ascot. Among jockeys and trainers alike, the Irish remain privileged to have standards set by authentic masters of the age.

Turf account

CHRIS McGRATH'S NAP: Bantam (4.45 Wolverhampton)

Shaped well in maidens, not least in the strong one she contested on her debut, and will be suited by this step up in trip to 12 furlongs for her first handicap.

NEXT BEST: City Ground (2.30 Pontefract)

Remains very well treated after returning to form to land support in a similar race last time, not least given the subsequent success of the runner-up.

ONE TO WATCH: Santefisio (Keith Dalgleish) caught the eye twice in three days at Royal Ascot, first meeting traffic and then caught out by the draw.

WHERE THE MONEY'S GOING: Mars is 6-1 from 8-1 with the sponsors for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

Suggested Topics
Arts & Entertainment
Madonna in her music video for 'Like A Virgin'
music... and other misheard song lyrics
Sport
Steven Gerrard had to be talked into adopting a deeper role by his manager, Brendan Rodgers
sportThe city’s fight for justice after Hillsborough is embodied in Steven Gerrard, who's poised to lead his club to a remarkable triumph
News
Much of the colleges’ land is off-limits to locals in Cambridge, with tight security
educationAnd has the Cambridge I knew turned its back on me?
News
Waitrose will be bringing in more manned tills
newsOverheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
News
The energy drink MosKa was banned for containing a heavy dose of the popular erectile dysfunction Levitra
news
Environment
People are buying increasing numbers of plants such as lavender to aid the insects
environmentGardeners rally round the endangered bumblebee
Sport
Australia's Dylan Tombides competes for the ball with Adal Matar of Kuwait during the AFC U-22 Championship Group C match in January
sportDylan Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011
Arts & Entertainment
Customers browse through Vinyl Junkies record shop in Berwick Street, Soho, London
musicBest exclusives coming to an independent record shop near you this Record Store Day
News
Ida Beate Loken has been living at the foot of a mountain since May
newsNorwegian gives up home comforts for a cave
Extras
indybest10 best gardening gloves
Arts & Entertainment
tvIt might all be getting a bit much, but this is still the some of the finest TV ever made, says Grace Dent
Arts & Entertainment
Comedian Lenny Henry is calling for more regulation to support ethnic actors on TV
tvActor and comedian leads campaign against 'lack of diversity' in British television
News
Posted at the end of March, this tweeted photo was a week off the end of their Broadway shows
people
News
peopleStar to remain in hospital for up to 27 days to get over allergic reaction
Arts & Entertainment
The Honesty Policy is a group of anonymous Muslims who believe that the community needs a space to express itself without shame or judgement
music
News
Who makes you happy?
happy listSend your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Apprentice IT Technician

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...

1st Line Technical Service Desk Analyst IT Apprentice

£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...

1st Line Helpdesk Engineer Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...

Sales Associate Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit