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 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 202139230273437€539,800€479,160€1,018,960
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
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Bold Approach L.T. McAteer Hcp 1m 4f 9 8-13 89 Leopardstown October H'cap
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Geometrical L.T. McAteer F 1m 2f 11 9-9 100 Manguard Plus Trigo Stakes (Listed) Listed
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Approach To Life W.T. Byrne Hcp 1m 7 8-9 70 Hazel Avenue Nursery H'cap
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Boundless Ocean L.T. McAteer F 7f 4 9-5 Richmond Homes Killavullan Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Leopardstown 16/10/21 Nectarine L.T. McAteer Hcp 1m 1 9-0 73 Hazel Avenue Nursery H'cap
Dundalk 15/10/21 Purple Gown K.J. Manning Hcp 7f 7 9-4 62 Floodlit Fridays At Dundalk Nursery Hcap
Dundalk 15/10/21 Agitare K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 2f 150yds 12 9-12 93 BetVictor Loyalty Club H'cap
Curragh 14/10/21 Boundless Ocean K.J. Manning Mdn 7f 2 9-7 Bill Hanlon Memorial Irish EBF M'dn €3,300
Curragh 14/10/21 Level Pitch W.T. Byrne Mdn 7f 11 9-0 65 Bill Hanlon Memorial Irish EBF M'dn
Curragh 14/10/21 Business Speak K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 4f 7 9-5 65 Hollywoodbets Best Odds Guaranteed H'cap (Div 2)
Curragh 10/10/21 Premium Ticket L.T. McAteer Hcp 1m 10 9-2 71 Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice H'cap
Curragh 10/10/21 She's Trouble K.J. Manning F 1m 11 9-2 94 Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Listed) Listed
Limerick 09/10/21 Alighieri (GB) K.J. Manning Mdn 7f 3 9-7 Follow Limerick on Twitter M'dn €1,200
Thurles 07/10/21 Play By The Rules K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 16yds 4 8-10 74 Thurles Nursery H'cap €775
Thurles 07/10/21 Bosca Cheoil K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 16yds 13 8-11 49 Moyne H'cap
Navan 06/10/21 Dawn Tapper K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 2f 17 9-8 56 The Yellow Furze H'cap (Div 1)
Navan 06/10/21 Parkhill Dawn K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 2f 12 9-3 54 The Yellow Furze H'cap (Div 2)
Navan 06/10/21 Sasta K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 11 9-12 83 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) H'cap
Tipperary 04/10/21 Lunar Space K.J. Manning F 7f 100yds 8 9-5 98 Coolmore U S Navy Flag Concorde Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Tipperary 04/10/21 Business Speak K.J. Manning Hcp 7f 100yds 2 9-9 63 Junction H'cap (Div 1) €2,100
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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).