Jim Bolger also trains ante-post 2,000 Guineas favourite Dawn ApproachPICTURE: Edward Whitaker(racingpost.com/photos)
Loch Garman adds to Bolger juvenile haul
Report: France, Thursday
Saint-Cloud: Criterium International (Group 1) 1m, 2yo colts & fillies
JIM BOLGER looks to have unearthed another Classic candidate after Loch Garman (Kevin Manning) took the step up from maiden winner to Group 1 hero in one bound.
Just eight days after making a successful debut at Navan, Loch Garman ran down the Ralph Beckett-trained Anna's Pearl to score by half a length, with his jockey promising there was "bundles of improvement" to come.
Bookmakers reacted with quotes for next season's Investec Derby, for which stablemate Dawn Approach is a best-price 12-1 second-favourite behind another Navan graduate Kingsbarns.
Ladbrokes and bet365 both introduced Loch Garman at 20-1 for the Epsom Classic.
Jim Crowley set out to make it a decent test aboard Anna's Pearl, carrying the second colours of Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock.
Halfway up the straight he looked likely to stay in front but Manning was content to bide his time aboard the winner.
"I was always happy with him, it was only his second start," reported Manning. "He's still quite green and learning but, once I pulled him out and he got a little bit of light, he was always going to win. I think he'll be a better horse in better conditions but he's just improved so much since his first run, and there's bundles of improvement left in him."
Also on Thursday
Saint-Cloud: Prix Perth (Group 3) 1m, 3yo+
LEGENDARY actor Omar Sharif was on hand to celebrate a second Group success of the season with Don Bosco (David Smaga/Flavien Prat) after the five-year-old and runner-up Evaporation plotted a lone passage up the stands side rail.
Prat and Olivier Peslier raced wide all the way down the back and, when the pace-making Alanthius rounded the home turn in front, ignored the leader and headed for the shelter of the rail.
At the line Don Bosco had a two-length advantage, while there was a further length and three-quarters back to the first of the main group, Sarkiyla.
Prat recently signed on for another season as second jockey to the Wertheimers and was claiming his first Group-race success at the cost of his principal employers.
"It's a little miracle," enthused Sharif. "I've always thought he had the pace for a mile, although of course he's gone further by racing on the outside. That was the trainer's idea, so bravo to him for the idea."
The jockeys had tacked over to the stands side as early as the second race of the day, before reverting to the shortest route in the International.
"He's a very straightforward horse to train and very consistent," reported Smaga. "That'll be it for the season but he'll be back next year."