Poetic Flare's Moulin challenge to be decided on Friday

Poetic Flare

Jim Bolger's Group One winner Poetic Flare will be decided on later in the week as to whether he will race in the Group One Prix du Moulin in France this weekend.

Poetic Flare has been the yards flag bearer this season racing five times and going on to win three times, including two big Group One events over a mile.

Having been a smart juvenile, he stepped up this term for his debut at Leopardstown over seven furlongs in the Listed 2000 Guineas Trial and ran out a very smart winner.

He took that form straight to Newmarket for the first Classic of the season and having gone under the radar in the market he swooped home late to take the event.

The three year old was quickly put back on track for the French 2000 Guineas and although running well just faded late on to finish sixth.

He bounced back to form in a big way just a week later when a narrow second to stablemate Mac Swiney in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Given much longer off the track he was last seen fresh as a daisy in the Group One St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and he ran out an emphatic winner.

Poetic Flare was then sent to Glorious Goodwood giving weight away to the fillies in the Sussex Stakes and in a good battle he could only finish second to Alcohol Free.

Last time out the colt again had to settle for a good second behind the superstar Palace Pier and that looks some good form if heading into the Moulin on Sunday.

Bolger is looking to wait and see what the weather does from now and Friday in Paris ahead of the Group One, with an option to go to Leopardstown a week later for the Irish Champion Stakes also very tempting for the Coolcullen handler.

(Credit ATR) “It will all depend on what the going is like at Longchamp and Leopardstown,” said Bolger.

“We’ll be keeping an eye on the going at both tracks, and no decision will be made until Friday.

“We just want good ground. He’s very well.”