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New Approach targets Derby double

Kevin Manning on New Approach
Kevin Manning's ride on New Approach earned plenty of plaudits

New Approach's trainer Jim Bolger has confirmed that his charge will bid to complete the English and Irish Derby double later this month.

Ground permitting, Saturday's Epsom winner will go for more Classic glory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on 29 June.

"The immediate target is the Irish Derby and we'll sit down and talk about it after that," said Bolger.

However, he insisted that New Approach would not run on firm ground.

New Approach held off the challenge of Tartan Bearer at Epsom to win by half a length in Saturday's race, giving trainer Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning their first win in the race.

His participation in the premier Classic had been in doubt since Bolger said in April that the race was off the colt's agenda.


But after recovering well from his exertions in both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, where he finished second to Henrythenavigator, New Approach dramatically re-entered the Epsom equation at the five-day confirmation stage.

Bolger once again stressed how much credit jockey Kevin Manning deserved in the win for the horse, who is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's wife, Princess Haya of Jordan.

"It's the best Derby-winning ride I've seen, it was brilliant. It was obvious from the Guineas at Newmarket that the horse would stay," said Bolger.

"I'm sure other jockeys would have won on him but I don't think anybody could have just stepped into the plate and won on him; he takes a bit of knowing.

"He'd been dropped-in in the Dewhurst Stakes, which worked except for him taking a little time to wake up, and Kevin was fairly confident that he could do it that way.

He's someone you learn an awful lot from

Tony McCoy on New Approach's trainer Jim Bolger

"Obviously he had a Plan B as well but he didn't have to use it," the trainer added.

The horse is the odds-on favourite for the Curragh race where he could renew rivalry with the Epsom second and third, Tartan Bearer and Casual Conquest.

Champion National Hunt jockey Tony McCoy also paid tribute to Bolger's training ability, having spent four of his teenage years at his stables in County Carlow before moving to England in 1994 to continue his own flourishing career.

"It was great for him. It didn't surprise me that he won the Derby. It just shows what a good trainer he is," McCoy said. "He's a brilliant trainer, obviously. He's someone you learn an awful lot from.

"I was there for four and a half years and I learned after about four and a half minutes it was better to shut up, watch and listen than have any arguments with him. And it didn't do me any harm.

"You don't become such a successful owner, breeder and trainer purely from luck, and I should think he was more than pleased to win the Derby."

see also
New Approach wins Derby thriller
07 Jun 08 |  Horse Racing
Bolger dismisses Derby criticism
02 Jun 08 |  Horse Racing
Henrythenavigator repeats success
24 May 08 |  Horse Racing
Henrythenavigator claims Guineas
03 May 08 |  Horse Racing
Horse racing on the BBC
14 Mar 08 |  Horse Racing
Quiz the racing team
29 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing

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