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REPORT | Jim Bolger works his magic at the Curragh in the Irish 2,000 Guineas

The Irish trainer claimed a 1-2 in the Irish Classic at the Curragh on Saturday

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Many racing fans know how much of a genius Jim Bolger is in the racing sphere, but the Coolcullen trainer waved his magic wand once again as he claimed a 1-2 in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

WATCH: MAC SWINEY WINS THE IRISH 2,000 GUINEAS AT THE CURRAGH [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Poetic Flare, who had landed the British renewal of the contest three weeks previously, was the Bolger runner expected to claim victory but it was the stable second-string Mac Swiney (tipped up by as Saturday’s each-way bet) who landed success in the first Irish Classic of the season.

Mac Swiney
Mac Swiney landed his second Group 1 success, in the form of the Irish 2,000 Guineas

Last season’s Futurity Trophy Stakes winner benefitted from a top-level ride from Rory Cleary, as he pushed his mount in front from the off.

The three-year-old dictated the pace and he looked to have caught several of his rivals off-guard when he quickened up with two furlongs remaining.

His stablemate Poetic Flare produced a challenge in the final stages, with an epic battle between the two Bolger horses occurring in the final furlong.

Both had the chance to snatch victory as they traded blows, but it would be Mac Swiney’s day as he made all to win by a short head.

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Van Gogh ran on for third, while market favourite Lucky Vega finished in fourth.

Mac Swiney is now a general 7/1 shot for the Derby after being cut from 20s following his success.

Aidan O’Brien continued his dominance in the Fillies’ Classics on both sides of the Irish sea, as Empress Josephine snatched victory on the line from stable companion Joan Of Arc.

WATCH: EMPRESS JOSEPHINE WINS THE IRISH 1,000 GUINEAS AT THE CURRAGH [CREDIT: RACING TV]

A sister of seven-time Group 1 winner Minding, the three-year-old filly was in midfield when making the turn into the home straight.

Seamie Heffernan asked his mount to challenge in the final two furlongs, as she was several lengths behind the leading pair of Joan Of Arc and No Speak Alexander.

Aidan O'Brien Trainer
Aidan O’Brien had claimed success in both the British & Irish 2000 Guineas this season

The filly began to make headway on the front-running duo and she produced a frighteningly quick turn of foot late on, reeling in her stablemate on the line to win by a short head.

O’Brien claimed a record-extending tenth victory in the contest and his third consecutive victory in the race at the Curragh.

Empress Josephine’s next target is likely to be Royal Ascot, with her trainer indicating she may go for the Coronation Stakes next month.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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