Jim Bolger’s Banimpire won the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon under Kevin Manning. The filly went to post the 3-1 favourite after at Cork just four days ago.
Richard Hughes made the running on Field Of Miracles and looked to have stolen the race turning for home. However,Manning was the only one that could mount a challenge and he eventually got his mount up in the dying strides.
Bolger said: “After she won at Cork this was always the plan if she came out of it all right. We used Cork as if we were giving her a blow-out at home, we’d done it before and it was successful. All she does is eats and sleeps and the only time she exerts herself is on the racecourse. We’d have preferred good ground. She didn’t handle it too well but she got there in the end – she’s very courageous. I’ll probably find a race between now and the Irish Oaks and then we’ll do what the French do and give her a break before the Prix de l’Opera.”
Manning said: “She’s very tough and improving all the time but the ground wasn’t ideal for her. When I asked her to quicken she was just keeping on, when normally she shows more of a turn of foot. I don’t think she was as effective on this ground.I always felt I would pick them up but she just didn’t pick up as well as I thought because of the ground.”