Flight Risk shines in Platinum Stakes at Cork

Saturday, Aug 17 2019

Flight Risk showed he still retains plenty of ability at the age of eight when giving a sound beating to his younger rivals in the Matchbook Straight Seven Platinum Stakes at Cork on Saturday.

The Jim Bolger-trained gelding had no problem defying the steadier of 10st to win for the third time this term.

Kevin Manning bided his time on the Teofilo gelding as Rhydwyn and Drombeg Dream took the field along before he delivered the 13-8 favourite to hit the front just inside the final furlong of the Listed contest.

Flight Risk stretched out well to score by two and a half lengths from Black Magic Woman, with Chocolate Music three-quarters of a length away in third place.

It was a double for Bolger and Manning after Arranmore landed the opening maiden.

Bolger’s travelling head man Ger Flynn said: “He is a proper, proper tough horse. I don’t think going right-handed over seven (furlongs) at the Curragh suited him the last day, behind Romanised, and the dead-straight seven suited today.

“Kevin got him so switched off and on the straight track he got him out and it was all over in a matter of strides. His form was in the book and the boss has him sweet and Kevin has done a great job with him.

“Maybe he could run again at Champions Weekend at Leopardstown, where he loves.

“The lads in the yard have been crying out trying to get Jim to go for the likes of the Prix de la Foret and now he probably deserves to and he has never been as sweet.

“We were dying to get on the straight track here – Jim said it would suit our horses and he was bang-on, we’ve had two winners.”

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