Jim Bolger (79) and Kevin Manning (54), among the more senior trainer-jockey combinations in Flat Racing, won Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with Poetic Flare.
The Guardian assessed: “Bolger’s ability to train a horse to the minute remains as acute as ever, and so too does Manning’s knack of timing a challenge to perfection.”
There was just a short-head between Poetic Flare and Master Of The Seas at the line, but the nod favoured the 16-1 chance to give Bolger and Manning, his son-in-law, a second success in the Newmarket Classic, eight years after their victory with Poetic Flare’s sire, Dawn Approach.
It was a family success in every way, as Poetic Flare is owned by Bolger’s wife, Jackie, and a triumph too for the bloodlines that the winner’s trainer and breeder has nurtured over many generations at his stable and stud farm in County Kilkenny.
“I bred him, I bred the dam and the sire, the whole lot,” Bolger said. “And I also bred his second and third dams, so they’ve been around here a long time.
“He has a marvellous temperament, a wonderful turn of foot, you can put him anywhere in a race, he goes on any ground and he has the looks to go with it. In his short career, he’s been delivering and I’m sure he’ll keep on delivering.”