May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

Horse racing: Irish veterans deny Godolphin’s 2000 Guineas victory at Newmarket

Poetic flare with Bolger and Manning
Image Credit: Leopardstown Twitter

Dubai: It was a heartbreak for Dubai’s Godolphin as Irish veterans Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning teamed up to steal what was a momentous victory in the 2000 Guineas (Group 1) at Newmarket Racecourse with 16-1 underdog Poetic Flare.

There might not have been an audience in attendance at the British racing headquarters on the first day of the Guineas reunion, but there is no doubt that the beats were going around the world for the absolute thriller that the first Classic. of 2021 served on Saturday.

The race was to be a match between the powerful Godolphin stable and the all-powerful Ireland team Coolmore, which represented six of the 14 riders in the competition, but Bolger, 79, and his 54 years of service. – the former jockey Manning had other ideas.

Eight years after their success with Godolphin-owned Dawn Approach, Bolger and Manning planned another fabulous victory that came at the expense of the aforementioned team’s Master Of The Seas.

And only fair, with the winner winning by a short header, while Lucky Vega ran a blinder to finish a neck behind in third.

William Buick, who was chasing a third success that day, appeared to have won the race as they approached the final 50 meters before Manning found that little extra aboard Poetic Flare who headed to the top of the line. ‘arrival.

Manning told ITV Racing: “It’s a great training performance. He hasn’t done anything wrong throughout this horse, he’s been impressive in his test at Leopardstown and he’s done it. I really liked it. He’s just a real horse. I really thought that whatever beat him could win. It is a pleasure to ride, it is bomb proof.

“These are the races that everyone wants to win and they are so bound to win. To win it a second time is just fantastic. It’s the races that make long days and hard work rewarding. “

Mutasaabeq, representing Shadwell Racing, had been craving a sentimental victory for the late Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, former vice-ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, but could not match his rivals for speed and had to settle for of seventh place.

Meanwhile, none of the heavily imagined Irish raiders led by Battlefield and Thunder Moon were involved in the finish and were surprisingly well beaten.