JIM’S IN FORM: No racing in Ireland today so Shamrock looks back at Gowran Park on Sunday and ahead to the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday and the form of Jim Bolger.

Irish racing resumes at Ballinrobe on Tuesday so time to look ahead to Newmarket on Saturday and the 2000 Guineas which of course sees the Jim Bolger trained Dawn Approach bid to remain unbeaten and justify hot favouritism.

You have nothing to fear about the form of the stable judged on Bolger’s runners yesterday.

He had two runaway winners in Tobann and An Saincheann (who comprehensively brushed aside my nap) but it was the performance of runner-up We’ll Go Walking that went into my notebook.

Despite making just her second appearance on the track, she made the much more experienced favourite Caponata pull out all the stops.

It’s  a huge week ahead for Bolger at Newmarket where good ground is forecast for the Guineas.

Bolger has yet to decide whether Leitir Mor will join stablemate Dawn Approach in the race.

The Group Three-winning three-year-old could be used as a pacemaker but connections are leaning towards running him in the French Guineas at Chantilly a week later.

Bolger said: “We’ll make a decision during the week and we’ll wait to see where we think the pace will come from. I’d prefer to run him in the French Guineas. The race at Naas should have brought him on.”


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