Poetic Flare holds off Master Of The Seas in thrilling finish to win 2,000 Guineas

By: Greg Wood at Newmarket Sunday 2 May 2021
  • Bolger-trained son of Dawn Approach wins by short head
  • Lucky Vega finishes third with O’Brien horses well beaten

At 79 and 54 years of age respectively, Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning are among the more senior trainer-jockey combinations in the Flat racing game. As Poetic Flare’s narrow success in the 2,000 Guineas here proved, however, Bolger’s ability to train a horse to the minute remains as acute as ever, and so too does Manning’s knack of timing a challenge to perfection.

There was just a short-head between Poetic Flare and Master Of The Seas at the line, but the nod favoured the 16-1 chance to give Bolger and Manning, his son-in-law, a second success in the Newmarket Classic, eight years after their victory with Poetic Flare’s sire, Dawn Approach.

Salisbury
1.00
Out In Yorkshire 1.30 Hamoudi 2.05 Opera Gift 2.35 Gustav Holst
3.10 No Recollection 3.45 Isola Rossa 4.20 Lucky Louie

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