Bolger celebrating as Pleascach wins
Oylegate man and master trainer Jim Bolger was celebrating at The Curragh on Sunday when Pleascach fended off the late surge of hot favourite Found to land a thrilling renewal of the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Pleascach, a winner over a mile and two furlongs at Naas earlier this month, handled the drop back in trip to a mile with aplomb, travelling prominently and kicking clear to see off the chasing pack and then lifting her game to hold off the late surge of favourite, Found.
Kevin Manning pushed Pleascach right out in the closing stages to beat Found by half-a-length, and she will now be aimed at the Irish Derby after being supplemented earlier this week for that race. Pleascach was returned at odds of 11-2.
Wexford's other master of the Flat, Clonroche's Aidan O'Brien, was also celebrating at the County Kildare track on Saturday when Gleneagles added to his impressive Newmarket success by taking the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. O'Brien's star three-year-old came from off the pace under Ryan Moore to win from the Ger Lyons-trained Endless Drama and English raider Ivawood.
Kiltealy-based trainer Colin Bowe helped himself to a 17-1 double at Sligo on Wednesday as Mollyanna and Mells Theater did the business for him. Mollyanna was strongly-supported for the Duke And Duchess Of Cornwall Mares' Maiden Hurdle and the 2-1 second-favourite duly obliged in the hands of Mark Walsh, while Mells Theater swooped late and fast to land the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle under David Mullins at odds of 5-1.
Sizing Europe has been one of the most famous racehorses to have been trained in County Waterford, and his fans will be interested to hear that his first role since his retirement was announced last Wednesday will be to parade at Tramore Racecourse on Friday evening.
Racing takes place at the following Irish racetracks over the coming week: Ballinrobe, today, May 26 (first race 6 p.m.); Gowran Park, Wednesday, May 27 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Fairyhouse, Thursday, May 28 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Down Royal, Friday, May 29 (first race 5.40 p.m.); Tramore, Friday, May 29 (first race 5.50 p.m.); Tramore, Saturday, May 30 (first race 5 p.m.); Navan, Saturday, May 30 (first race 1.55 p.m.); Kilbeggan, Sunday, May 31 (first race 2.50 p.m.), and Listowel, Sunday, May 31 (first race 2.40 p.m).