Jim Bolger’s agency perception that he has two star colts on his arms this season could possibly be additional marketed at Leopardstown on Sunday, with Mac Swiney set to hold his hopes within the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.
Stablemate Poetic Flare has already received the Qipco 2000 Guineas, and the County Carlow coach has been eager to emphasize he finds it arduous to separate the pair – an announcement with which jockey Kevin Manning concurred at Newmarket on Saturday.
Speaking after the Guineas, Manning – requested to check Mac Swiney and Poetic Flare – mentioned: “The two of them have been working well, and I rode the two of them on the grass in two separate bits of work three weeks ago and Jim asked the question and said if both turn up (at Newmarket) which would you ride – and I said ‘I don’t know’.”
A son of Bolger’s Derby winner New Approach, Mac Swiney took Group One honours when beating One Ruler within the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster in October.
Chief amongst his potential opposition this weekend is the Aidan O’Brien-trained Bolshoi Ballet, winner of the Ballysax Stakes on his reappearance.
The Ballysax-Derrinstown route is one acquainted to O’Brien along with his Derby runners – Galileo successful each races on the best way to glory within the premier Classic 20 years in the past, whereas High Chaparral did likewise 12 months later.
O’Brien has additionally entered Derby favorite High Definition, though he’s thought extra more likely to run at Lingfield on Saturday. Chester defector Sir Lamorak is one other among the many possibles, which whole 15 at the entry stage.
There are additionally 15 within the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial, together with the Ger Lyons-trained Acanella.
The Juddmonte-owned Dansili filly appeared probably sensible in beating Jessica Harrington’s Climate – who may reoppose – over this course and distance final month.
The different spotlight on a top-class card is the Amethyst Stakes – which options the O’Brien-trained Lancaster House, amongst 11 entries.