Cuis Ghaire the next to shine in Bolger constellation

Say what you like about Jim Bolger – after all, everyone else has – but the man's legacy will be matched by only a bare handful of horsemen in the world today. Never mind that two of them, Aidan O'Brien and Tony McCoy, learnt their trade under Bolger; over the past three years it has become apparent that he will also leave a lasting imprint on the thoroughbred itself.

Bolger's resurgence as a trainer was crowned only 13 days ago by a first success in the Derby. New Approach was his second successive champion juvenile colt, and both he and Teofilo clearly have much to offer the breed as stallions. Over the years, however, Bolger has perhaps excelled most conspicuously with hardy, brilliant fillies and today he brings two more to Royal Ascot.

Lush Lashes has a glittering role in the day's big spectacle, the Coronation Stakes, but those prepared to bet like they mean it will be more interested in Cuis Ghaire (2.30) in the Albany Stakes. Like New Approach and Teofilo, this filly reflects Bolger's lucrative infatuation with Galileo. And, like them, she is proving the Coolmore stallion capable of siring runners much faster and more precocious than he was, winning both her starts at Naas over six furlongs on fast ground.

The two other fillies who made the podium in her maiden proceeded to fight out the finish of a Listed race next time out; Cuis Ghaire herself meanwhile returned to win a Group Three prize by three and a half lengths. Afterwards Bolger disclosed his regard for her by talking in terms of taking on the colts in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh next time. In the event, he has kept her to the company of fillies this afternoon, and the strong suspicion is that only a potential Classic winner will be able to stop her.

Galileo's ability to impart speed to his progeny is also reflected by Lush Lashes, who did not seem to get home in the Oaks at Epsom and drops down no less than half a mile today. That sets punters a puzzle, because she took too long to find her stride when sixth in the 1,000 Guineas and appeared to luxuriate in the extra distance over 10 furlongs at York next time. It may prove that inexperience entering the Dip delayed her finish at Newmarket, rather than a lack of pace, but a sharp, turning mile permits no margin for error.

In the circumstances it may pay to focus instead on the rivals who finished in front of her at Newmarket. Nahoodh, unlucky in fifth, did not cope with quicker ground in Ireland next time, so it boils down to a choice between the runner-up, Spacious, and fourth, Infallible. Both are owned by Cheveley Park Stud and, with just six starts between them, have plenty more to offer. Infallible (3.45) did not quite get home at Newmarket, having lacked cover from a wide draw, and her fluent action also suggests that this test of raw speed will suit her perfectly. Spacious just took a stride or two longer to get going in the Guineas, and may stay farther in time, but will continue to improve as she matures.

The King Edward VII Stakes looks fascinating, with Bronze Cannon and All The Aces both representing the form of the Derby fourth, Doctor Fremantle, and Winchester likely to thrive for the extra distance. But the same is true of Conduit (3.05), who more or less lapped his rivals on Derby day.

The same connections have a big chance in the Queen's Vase with another upgraded handicapper in Patkai, but Ebadiyan (4.55) has a copper-bottomed staying pedigree and his trainer seldom strays far from the bull's-eye at this meeting.

Chris McGrath

Nap: Cuis Ghaire

(Royal Ascot 2.30)

NB: Ebadiyan

(Royal Ascot 4.55)

Sport
Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank contract to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WWERollins win the WWE World Heavyweight title in one of the greatest WrestleMania's ever seen
Arts and Entertainment
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity takes him behind the bars again
tvBy Reason of Insanity, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Cassetteboy's latest video is called Emperor's New Clothes rap
videoThe political parody genius duo strike again with new video
Arts and Entertainment
tvPoldark, TV review
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Call Handler

£14500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for a Sales Ca...

Recruitment Genius: Support Worker

£14560 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company offers unique pers...

Recruitment Genius: Junior Web Designer - Client Liaison

£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...

Recruitment Genius: Service Delivery Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor