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Boundless Ocean books Irish Champion Stakes ticket

Boundless Ocean booked an Irish Champion Stakes tilt as he made virtually every yard in the Bahrain Turf Club Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown.

Winner of the Meld Stakes at this track in July, Jim Bolger’s charge was sent off the 11-8 favourite and travelled nicely for Kevin Manning at the head of affairs.

Juncture and Colin Keane put down a stern challenge, but the market leader always looked to hold the upper hand, finishing three-quarters of a length to the good as he recorded back-to-back Group Three victories.

“He’s obviously very versatile. He would need pace at a mile, but he’s happy to do his own thing when he doesn’t get it,” said Bolger.

“He loves it, he’s a big horse and he’ll be an improver. We’ll go for the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes next.

“The owner is from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and it’s his first horse in Ireland, the first of many hopefully.

“He was bought specifically for the February meeting in Saudi Arabia and depending on how he gets on when he goes out there it will either be the Saudi Cup or one of the lesser races. Hopefully the Saudi Cup.”

Point King (8-11 favourite) continued his marked progression with victory in the Listed Jockey Club of Turkey Vinnie Roe Stakes.

The Bolger-trained Manu Et Corde led until turning in, where Bluegrass and the eventual winner loomed strongly. Bluegrass dropped away soon after, but Joseph O’Brien’s Point King really put his best foot forward in the hands of Shane Crosse to beat Simply Glorious by a ready two and a quarter lengths.

Assistant trainer Brendan Powell said: “He’s gone up another furlong in trip and Shane said it was a good strong gallop all the way.

“He said what he liked about him was that he’s usually had to be hard on him to win, but today he actually quickened up from two out and he was just hands and heels and waving the whip at him in the last furlong.

“He’s improving all the time and seems to go on this sort of ground as well. He’s a big horse, but he floats on it.”

Paddy Power gave the winner a 14-1 for the Melbourne Cup, and Powell added: “I don’t know where he goes from here, that’ll be up to Joseph.

“He’s the most relaxed horse and he’s the same at home. You wouldn’t know what’s left in the tank.”

Boundless Ocean powers home for Meld glory

Boundless Ocean gave trainer Jim Bolger a record-equalling ninth win the Green Room Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.

Sent off the 15-8 favourite, Boundless Ocean was dropping back in company in this Group Three affair after finishing a well-beaten sixth in the Irish Derby on his last start.

Bear Story set out to make all in the nine-furlong contest and he was still in front at the top of the straight, although Boundless Ocean was travelling well in behind.

When Kevin Manning gave the signal, Boundless Ocean picked up a gear and while Bear Story was game in defeat, the winner went on for a cosy three-and-a-quarter-length verdict.

Patrick Sarsfield, winner of the race in 2020, was a further length and a quarter back in third.

“He’s been an unlucky horse, several times. He’s good at that trip, or a mile and a quarter, so we’ll probably keep him to that,” said Bolger, who joins Dermot Weld as a nine-times winner of the race.

“We’ve no plans at the moment but he’ll probably step up to a mile and a quarter.

“We could probably go back in trip but then we’d be looking for more pace, which you don’t always get. He was keen today but he doesn’t do himself any harm.

“He’s an improver, he’s getting stronger all the time.”

Bolger fields Boundless Ocean in search of ninth Meld success

Boundless Ocean bids to provide trainer Jim Bolger a joint-record ninth victory in the Green Room Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

The son of New Approach shed his maiden tag at the Foxrock venue in April, and was only narrowly denied by Cairde Go Deo on his return to the track for last month’s King George V Cup.

Boundless Ocean failed to land a telling blow in the Irish Derby on his latest appearance, but drops in distance and class for this nine-furlong Group Three.

Bolger, who is one short of Dermot Weld’s tally of wins in the race, said: “I’m very happy with Boundless Ocean since the Irish Derby. He has shown a liking for the course and distance and the conditions and has been very consistent. I expect a good performance.”

Patrick Sarsfield in winning action at Leopardstown
Patrick Sarsfield in winning action at Leopardstown (PA)

Boundless Ocean is one of six declared runners, with Joseph O’Brien’s 2020 winner Patrick Sarsfield bidding to regain his crown in first-time cheekpieces.

The field is headed by Mick Halford’s Bear Story, who must carry a penalty for a Group Three success at Dundalk in September and has finished second in Group Two company since.

“He’s in good form. He’s been amazingly consistent this year at a good level,” said Halford.

“Dropping back a furlong to a mile and one, I wouldn’t see it as a major problem. He’s a very easy ride. He’s a horse that settles really well but he would see it out really strong.

“He’s always shown us plenty. He’s really come into his own now with age. He’s quite a big horse, he’s really strengthened up.

“His form would suggest there would be big a one in him. On his rating and on his form, he deserves to have his day and I think he will.”

The Ger Lyons-trained course winner Georgeville, Aidan O’Brien’s Howth and Limerick scorer Trevaunance, trained by Jessica Harrington, complete the line-up.