Stablemate Poetic Flare beaten by a short head at Irish 2,000 Guineas

Veteran trainer Jim Bolger secured an overdue first win in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas; when Mac Swiney touched off stablemate Poetic Flare in a thrilling finish to the 100th running of the first Irish Classic of the season.

It was reported, a couple of weeks ago; that Bolger said he could win the Newmarket 2000 Guineas with whichever of Mac Swiney or Poetic Flare he sent to England. At the time we may have scoffed a little; but Poetic Flare duly obliged on the Rowley Mile and to give further veracity to the trainer’s statement; the two proved to be in a different league to their rivals at a rain-sodden Curragh.

The inclemency of the week threatened the meeting going ahead; but it got the green light after a morning inspection and Mac Swiney, ridden by Rory Cleary, excelled in the conditions.

The marginal outsider of the two Coolcullen representatives, Mac Swiney set out in front and his rider dictated all matters. Not alone did he set sensible fractions, Cleary also brought the field off the rails early, and ensured the race would unfold down the centre of the track.

As the race evolved, Van Gogh and Poetic Flare emerged as the only serious threats, and when the former’s short-lived effort petered out, it was left to the Bolger representatives to fight it out.

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Is a thoroughbred horse born in Ireland in 2018. Race horse Mac Swiney is by New Approach (IRE) out of Halla Na Saoire (IRE) , trained by J S Bolger. Mac Swiney form is available here. Owned by MRS J S BOLGER. He was one of the leading juvenile colts in Europe in 2020 when he won three of his six races including the Futurity Stakes in Ireland and the Vertem Futurity Trophy in Britain.

Major wins

Futurity Stakes (2020)
Vertem Futurity Trophy (2020)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (2021)

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