Trading Leather powering clear in the Irish Derby last monthPICTURE: Getty Images
Bolger hoping Trading Leather is up to task
JIM BOLGER has completed the Irish Derby-King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes double once before and is hoping Trading Leather will prove good enough to land Ascot's midsummer showpiece on Saturday week.
The master trainer saddled St Jovite to win both races in 1992 and reports Trading Leather to be in fine shape following his Irish Derby success at the Curragh last month.
The son of Bolger's champion juvenile Teofilo is a general 5-1 to land a second Group 1 success in the Betfair-backed King George.
"Trading Leather is fine and on course for the King George," said Bolger, who also bred the three-year-old.
"It was a first-class performance in the Irish Derby. He ran right to the line in a fast time and came out of the race very well.
"It gets a bit tougher now he is stepping into open company, but I am hoping he is up to the task. Like St Jovite, he is a good Derby winner and I'm hoping he will continue to progress from here.
"He doesn't like soft ground but after that he doesn't mind."