Bolger seeking more Classic glory with Mac Swiney

Thu 24th Jun 2021, 07:56

Mac Swiney
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Jim Bolger is hoping that Mac Swiney can land more classic glory at the Curragh when lining up in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Saturday.

The son of New Approach edged out stablemate Poetic Flare in a thrilling finish to the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the track last month before finishing fourth in the Derby.

Bolger feels he didn't show his true form at Epsom last time and is hopeful he can reverse placings with those in front of him earlier this month.

“He's in very good form. I don't believe we saw the best of him at Epsom,” said Bolger.

“It was just one of those runs, that I don't think on the day he was on top of his game so I'm hopeful he can reverse the placings with the ones that finished in front of him.

“It won't be easily won but we feel we have a fighter on our hands and hopefully he'll be 100 percent on Saturday.

“If he is I don't expect him to be too far away.”

Bolger will be seeking his third success in the race following on from the wins of St Jovite in 1992 and Trading Leather in 2013 and he reflected on those victories:-

“The most memorable one would have been the first one with St Jovite.

“Ireland hadn't been winning it for about, I'd say, ten years before that so it was a very popular and welcome result.

“Then he did it so spectacularly that all racing people took notice. That was one of the very good days.

“Trading Leather was a very reliable horse, he wouldn't have had the quality of St Jovite but he always did his best.

“We knew that his best would see him there or thereabouts and he did it in good style. It was a wonderful day, to breed him, own him and train him.”

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