Jim Bolger

County Of Origin: Wexford

Date of licence: 1976

First winner: Peaceful Pleasure (Dessie Hughes), Roscommon, September 20, 1976

1,000th winner: Staviski (Christy Roche) Roscommmon, June 7, 1992

2,000th winner: Teacht An Earraig (Danny Mullins) Curragh, May 25, 2008

Significant horses (selected): Flame Of Tara, Park Appeal, Teofilo, Jet Ski Lady, Polonia, St Jovite, Alexander Goldrun, Finsceal Beo, New Approach, Dawn Approach, Pleascach, Verbal Dexterity, Condessa, Park Express, Give Thanks, Lush Lashes, Poetic Flare, Mac Swiney. 

Assoc. jockeys: Kevin Manning, Rory Cleary, Willie Byrne, Luke McAteer. 

Did you know:

From Oylegate, County Wexford, Jim Bolger has enjoyed tremendous success as a trainer and breeder since taking out his licence in 1976. Dessie Hughes rode Bolger's first winner, Peaceful Pleasure, the 2/1 second favourite in the Ballymurray Handicap Hurdle at Roscommon in September of the same year.

Bolger was based close to the Phoenix Park in Dublin since when he first started training, but left the capital city in the early 1980s. He has built up a fine training establishment in Coolcullen, County Carlow, that has helped him capture many big races around the world in the last four decades.

He has trained some exceptional colts in the recent past, with Teofilo, New Approach and Dawn Approach all winning an array of prestigious Group 1 contests, with the first-named pair going on to become successful stallions. Jim Bolger is also renowned for his handling of fillies and mares and has enjoyed notable success with the likes of Flame Of Tara, Finsceal Beo, Park Appeal, Jet Ski Lady and Alexander Goldrun. Bolger has trained over 2,700 winners.

Along with leading jump jockey Davy Russell, Jim Bolger founded Hurling For Cancer in 2011 and the charity, which features an annual hurling match with teams made up of GAA and racing stars, has raised well in excess of €1m. 

Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Fillies Million (Lush Lashes (GB) - K.J. Manning - 2007)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Trading Leather - K.J. Manning - 2013)

Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stks (Group 1) (New Approach - K.J. Manning - 2008)

Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Mac Swiney - R.P. Cleary - 2021)

Boylesports Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Finsceal Beo - K.J. Manning - 2007)

Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1) (Margarula - K.J. Manning - 2002)

Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) (Verbal Dexterity - K.J. Manning - 2017)

Independent W'ford Wedgwood Phoenix Stks (Group 1) (Saoirse Abu (USA) - K.J. Manning - 2007)

Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Group 1) (Teofilo - K.J. Manning - 2006)

Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Pleascach - K.J. Manning - 2015)

Bank Of Scotland (Ire) National Stakes (Group 1) (New Approach - K.J. Manning - 2007)

Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) (Saoirse Abu (USA) - K.J. Manning - 2007)

Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes (Group 1) (Lush Lashes (GB) - K.J. Manning - 2008)

Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (Alexander Goldrun - K.J. Manning - 2006)

Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (Alexander Goldrun - K.J. Manning - 2005)

Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes (Group 1) (Dawn Approach - K.J. Manning - 2012)

Comer Group International Curragh Cup (Twilight Payment - K.J. Manning - 2019)

Ir. Stal. Farms EBF 'Northfields' H'cap (Panstarr (GB) - R.P. Cleary - 2017)

Robert H.Griffin Debutante Stakes (Group 2) (Gaudeamus (USA) - K.J. Manning - 2006)

Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2) (Herald The Dawn - K.J. Manning - 2015)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2021/202220010€0€2,100€2,100
Winter All Weather 2020/2021170200€0€8,250€8,250
Winter All Weather 2019/2020171041€15,000€8,135€23,135
Winter All Weather 2018/20195211735€105,625€29,775€135,400
Winter All Weather 2017/2018223242€26,875€10,025€36,900
Winter All Weather 2016/2017419753€61,250€28,750€90,000
Winter All Weather 2015/20163631065€40,040€33,980€74,020
Winter All Weather 2014/2015267254€50,300€11,785€62,085
Winter All Weather 2013/201420100€0€2,125€2,125
Winter All Weather 2012/2013334554€47,400€13,566€60,966
Winter All Weather 2011/20126813675€76,370€22,737€99,107
National Hunt 2020/202110000€0€240€240
National Hunt 2018/201910000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2016/201710001€0€1,250€1,250
National Hunt 2014/201520000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2013/201440001€0€400€400
National Hunt 2012/201393020€19,600€1,840€21,440
National Hunt 2011/201250110€0€2,000€2,000
National Hunt 2010/201110001€0€450€450
National Hunt 2009/201010001€0€600€600
National Hunt 2005/200641000€9,100€0€9,100
National Hunt 2003/200420000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2002/200320000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2001/200210100€0€2,374€2,374
National Hunt 2000/200111000€5,111€0€5,111
Flat 202232126233532€334,800€345,475€680,275
Flat 202142232283840€554,800€495,195€1,049,995
Flat 202042042314535€532,500€349,370€881,870
Flat 201941248363639€721,713€458,493€1,180,205
Flat 201848846615852€735,113€718,025€1,453,138
Flat 201754960655061€1,122,300€735,735€1,858,035
Flat 201651259665555€845,075€866,488€1,711,563
Flat 201550161645755€1,114,860€675,875€1,790,735
Flat 201449564555860€923,600€632,528€1,556,128
Flat 201348066675261€1,540,940€663,500€2,204,440
Flat 201244445685750€825,900€579,198€1,405,098
Flat 201145048505038€702,850€490,040€1,192,890
Flat 201044156473935€738,295€475,387€1,213,682
Flat 200942155584140€911,295€915,171€1,826,466
Flat 200842552533644€1,727,710€1,043,730€2,771,440
Flat 200742059484030€2,713,010€547,343€3,260,353
Flat 200636438264731€1,188,300€539,698€1,727,998
Flat 200535142403633€920,800€609,576€1,530,376
Flat 200433734433128€793,130€543,705€1,336,835
Flat 200340231345338€589,050€403,665€992,715
Flat 200248962666032€1,299,310€686,648€1,985,958
Flat 200147042513545€678,092€420,335€1,098,427
Flat 200045945433043€482,438€261,471€743,909
Flat 199946357584747€558,749€438,945€997,694
Flat 199843650454733€359,940€200,638€560,578

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Dundalk 25/11/22 Soilse R.P. Cleary Mdn 1m 1 9-5 74 Irishinjuredjockeys.com (Fillies) M'dn €7,800
Dundalk 16/11/22 Soilse R.P. Cleary Mdn 1m 3 9-5 74 Floodlit Fridays At Dundalk M'dn €1,200
Dundalk 16/11/22 Insulate R.P. Cleary Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 11 9-2 56 Now Racing Every Wednesday H'cap
Dundalk 11/11/22 Saoibh R.P. Cleary Hcp 1m 10 9-5 58 William Hill Bet Boost Nursery H'cap
Naas 06/11/22 New Variant L.T. McAteer Mdn 1m 9 9-4 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Naas 06/11/22 Nectarine K.T. Brophy Hcp 1m 2f 11 8-13 86 Congratulations To Flat Champions H'cap
Naas 06/11/22 Freedom Of Speech R.P. Cleary F 1m 3f 180yds 9 8-12 95 Finale Stakes (Listed) Listed
Naas 06/11/22 Vocal Studies L.T. McAteer Hcp 1m 2f 10 9-4 84 Congratulations To Flat Champions H'cap
Galway 31/10/22 Vocal Studies K.J. Manning Mdn 7f 1 9-9 Corrib Food Products M'dn €7,800
Galway 31/10/22 Purple Gown Hcp 7f 8 9-0 56 Barna Recycling H'cap
Galway 31/10/22 Insulate Hcp 1m 3f 180yds 8 9-1 57 Galway Races Summer Festival 2023 H'cap (Div 2)
Galway 31/10/22 Litteratus L.T. McAteer Hcp 1m 3f 180yds 18 9-3 56 Galway Races Summer Festival 2023 H'cap (Div 1)
Galway 31/10/22 Saoibh L.T. McAteer Hcp 7f 14 9-0 61 Swordsecurity.com H'cap
Galway 31/10/22 Fanaigi Linn R.P. Cleary Mdn 1m 73yds 5 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €480
Galway 31/10/22 On The Money K.J. Manning Hcp 7f 15 9-12 70 Swordsecurity.com H'cap
Galway 31/10/22 Soilse K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 73yds 4 9-12 76 KONE H'cap €600
Curragh 26/10/22 Soilse Kyanna Van Buuren Hcp 7f 2 9-4 63 Bet Responsibly At Novibet H'cap €2,100
Curragh 26/10/22 Gloves Off R.P. Cleary Mdn 7f 10 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 26/10/22 Trachonitus K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 1 9-9 82 Bet €10 Get €20 At Novibet Nursery H'cap €9,900
Curragh 26/10/22 Believe In Science K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 6f 15 9-4 72 Extra Place Races At Novibet H'cap
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*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).