Jim Bolger: celebrated victory with Parish Hall at DundalkPICTURE: Edward Whitaker(racingpost.com/photos)
Parish Hall sparkles in Group 3 Diamond Stakes
Report: Dundalk, Friday
Diamond Stakes (Group 3) 1m2½f, 3yo+
PARISH HALL put up a strong staying display to grind down favourite Afonso De Sousa and win the Diamond Stakes.
Trained by Jim Bolger, Parish Hall tracked the keen Afonso De Sousa, who made the running, before making his challenge rounding the home turn.
Despite being off the bridle before the leader, Parish Hall found plenty for jockey Kevin Manning and hit the front just outside the final furlong.
Parish Hall, winner of the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes in 2011, continued to gallop on determinedly once in front and had plenty in hand to hold off the fast-finishing Manalapan.
Parish Hall returned the 7-4 winner with Manalapan second at 40-1 and Afonso De Sousa third at 5-4.