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Jim Bolger mulls over Irish Oaks run with Bunairgead

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 18:04 | Comments

Jim Bolger may send Bunairgead to the Darley Irish Oaks
Jim Bolger may send Bunairgead to the Darley Irish Oaks

Jim Bolger is mulling a crack at the Darley Irish Oaks with Monday's Lenebane Stakes winner Bunairgead.

The daughter of New Approach, who is owned by Bolger's wife Jackie, had just a Leopardstown maiden win to her credit before landing the 12-furlong Listed event at Roscommon.

While she had only one victory on the scoresheet, Bunairgead had also been placed in Group Three company and finished down the field in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May.

She could now be headed back to that track for another Classic date on Saturday week, although Bolger admits recent Curragh runner-up Scintillula would be his leading contender.

He said: "At the moment Scintillula would be our main hope.

"However, we will have a long hard look at supplementing Bunairgead to the race. She loves fast ground and showed at Roscommon that she stays a mile and a half really well."

Another trainer who could be double-handed is Ralph Beckett with his Epsom Oaks winner and second, Talent and Secret Gesture both in the field.

Talent is firmly on course for the race while Secret Gesture has other options to consider too.

Beckett said: "Talent will attempt to follow up her Epsom success and Secret Gesture is under serious consideration to join her in the Curragh race."

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