Change Of Velocity finds another gear for Ulster Derby spoils at Down Royal

Jim Bolger strikes again

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Change Of Velocity gave weight and a sound beating to his rivals in the Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal.

Trainer Jim Bolger was bidding for a third successive victory in the 100,000 euro feature and the Godolphin-owned Change Of Velocity was a 7-2 shot to follow up his maiden triumph at Gowran earlier this month.

Kevin Manning cut a confident figure in the saddle throughout, settling his mount on the heels of Remmy D and City Ballerina, before easing alongside that pair rounding the home turn.

Change Of Velocity soon kicked for home and while 5-2 favourite Sheberghan followed him through, Bolger’s charge was always doing enough to hold him at bay and passed the post three lengths to the good.

Manning said: “It has been a lucky race for Jim, he always sends a nice type of horse up here and that’s what it takes to win this race.

“He’s a lovely, big horse. We thought he was a smashing horse last year, but he was just a little bit weak and raw. We’ve always liked him.

“Jim said he would see what sort of mark he got after he won his maiden.

“He’s a big horse with plenty of development still to do. He’s going the right way.”

Travelling head lad Ger Flynn said: “Kevin said he travelled really well into the race and was going very well at the top of the hill.

“He probably got there a shade too soon, but the one in front fell away. He was just doing enough at the end.

“He’s a progressive type of horse and he’s a smashing-looking horse.

“Hopefully he’ll try a Listed race next as it takes a Listed-race horse to win this.

“He’s won on good to firm now and the course have done a good job with the ground.”

Change Of Velocity finds another gear for Ulster Derby spoils at Down Royal
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