On The Fringe set to race on as Bolger dismisses retirement talk
Worried that we might not get another glimpse of the most heroic hunter chaser in recent memory? Don't be. On The Fringe is fine and Enda Bolger has rubbished talk of retirement.
The two-time Cheltenham winner, who completed the spring festivals treble in both 2015 and 2016, was a shadow of his former self last season when finishing fourth at Cheltenham, being pulled up at Aintree and taking a remote fifth at Punchestown.
It seemed inevitable that On The Fringe would be retired after that below-par Punchestown effort but Bolger says his stable star will be back in action in the second half of the season to chase a third Cheltenham Festival win at the age of 13.
"On The Fringe got therapy on his back and we have kept him ticking over. He is back cantering, he looks absolutely fantastic and, don't you worry, he will be back for another campaign. We hope to have a crack at the three festivals next spring again," Bolger said.
He added: "I cannot put my finger on what went wrong last season. His homework was great and we were very happy going to Cheltenham after his good run at Leopardstown but it just did not happen and he did not travel in the early part of the race at all. His jumping was not as slick as it usually is and his season got worse.
"It could have been that he was feeling his back and hopefully the therapy we have given him for that will sort him out. He is in mighty form at the moment."