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Jim Bolger (racehorse trainer)

James S. "Jim" Bolger (born December 26, 1941 in County Wexford, Ireland) is an Thoroughbred racehorse trainer and breeder based in Coolcullen in County Carlow. For many years now he has been recognised as one of the racing greats in Ireland. Aidan O'Brien, Tony McCoy and Paul Carberry were all apprenticed to him before going on to even greater things.

During the 2006 flat season he trained Teofilo to go unbeaten at the age of two. This five race unbeaten streak included victories in the Group 1 National Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes. Talk of an English Triple Crown bid was imminent but Teofilo suffered a career ending injury in the lead up to the 2,000 Guineas and never saw a racecourse again. Bolger was criticized for his handling of this situation.

2007 saw another Bolger-bred star emerge in the shape of New Approach. He followed the exact same path as Teofilo during his two year old career and again was unbeaten. In 2008 Bolger informed the public that New Approach would go to Newmarket for the Guineas followed by a trip to the Curragh for the Irish 2,000 Guineas and then on for a tilt at the Irish Derby. New Approach could only finish second in both Guineas, however, behind the Ballydoyle trained Henrythenavigator. It then emerged that at the latest Epsom Derby forfeit stage New Approach's name had been left in by mistake. However, a week later Bolger revealed that his horse would go to Epsom after all, which led to much criticism from punters and bookmakers alike. His decision, however, to run New Approach proved to be the right one when the colt won the Derby by a half length beating the Sir Michael Stoute trained Tartan Bearer.

Major training wins

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  • Irish Oaks - (2) - Give Thanks (1983), Margarula (2002)
  • Matron Stakes - (3) - Upward Trend (1989), Dazzling Park (1999), Lush Lashes (2008)
  • Phoenix Stakes - (3) - Eva Luna (1994), Mantovani (1996), Saoirse Abu (2007)
  • Pretty Polly Stakes - (4) - Flame of Tara (1983), Noora Abu (1989), Alexander Goldrun (2005, 2006)

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  • Derby - (1) - New Approach (2008)
  • Dewhurst Stakes - (3) - Teofilo (2006), New Approach (2007), Intense Focus (2008)
  • Nassau Stakes - (2) - Park Express (1986), Alexander Goldrun (2005)
  • Oaks - (1) - Jet Ski Lady (1991)

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