Bol­ger’s Leather to run in Craven

Irish Examiner - Racing - - RACING - By Ash­ley Iveson

Jim Bol­ger’s Trad­ing Leather is among 14 en­tries for the No­vae Blood­stock In­sur­ance Craven Stakes on Thurs­day at Newmarket.

Win­ner of the Au­tumn Stakes over the Craven course and dis­tance last year, the three-year-old was in con­tention to make his re­turn in to­mor­row’s Ballysax Stakes at Leop­ard­stown, but could now in­stead head for Head­quar­ters.

Bol­ger said: “He’s very well but he didn’t have his ground at Leop­ard­stown (for the Ballysax), so we’ve put him in the Craven.

“We’re view­ing him as a Derby-type, but that could change af­ter the Craven, we’ll see.”

Richard Han­non’s star ju­ve­niles Toron­ado and Olympic Glory are also en­tered.

Toron­ado com­pleted a hat-trick of ju­ve­nile vic­to­ries in the Cham­pagne Stakes at Don­caster’s St Leger meet­ing and is set to make his sea­sonal reap­pear­ance in this recog­nised trial for the Qipco 2000 Guineas on the Row­ley Mile on May 4.

Olympic Glory won four of his five starts last year, with his only de­feat com­ing at the hands of Dawn Ap­proach in the Coven­try Stakes at Royal As­cot.

While he is in the mix for the Craven, he is ex­pected to in­stead run in the Green­ham Stakes at New­bury on Satur­day week.

Han­non also has Al­he­bayeb, Ha­vana Gold and Ta­mayuz Star en­tered in Thurs­day’s Group Three.

Ai­dan O’Brien has en­tered Fes­tive Cheer and Ma­gi­cian in the Craven.

Also in con­tention for the Craven are Roger Charlton’s Dun­don­nell, Saeed bin Suroor’s Tawhid and the Mark John­ston­trained Heavy Me­tal.

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