(Sporting Life/Irum Shahid)
Having already caused consternation over the u-turn he performed earlier this week by declaring top colt New Approach an Epsom English Derby runner, trainer Jim Bolger is ruffling the feathers of rival trainers in the lead-up to Saturday’s race. Several trainers are expected to seek guarantees that the often headstrong colt won’t delay the start of the world’s greatest blue riband as he has done in the past.
Stallions Daily Bulletin writes that Jim Bolger is expected to seek permission to have a stablemate accompany New Approach to the start in an effort o keep him clam, which has also raised eyebrows among his colleagues. “Imagine what it would be like if we all did that,” one Derby trainer told reporters.
New Approach is also regarded as a free-running colt who can be hard to restrain in his races, something which his rivals are not complaining about. Despite the issues surrounding New Approach, the colt has been the best-backed runner by far in the past week with several five-figure bets supporting his prospects. Ladbrokes say he is the firm’s worst result and have him as short as 5-1.
Money has also come for the Lingfield Derby Trial runner-up King Of Rome. Trained by Aidan O’Brien and to be ridden by Johnny Murtagh, the colt has been cut from 20-1 to 12-1 in the past two days. King Of Rome is one of five runners Aidan O’Brien will saddle in his bid to win his third English Derby.