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 202124222182121€464,800€259,760€724,560
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
Gowran-Park 24/07/21 Legal Thriller K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 1f 100yds 7 9-11 58 Leighlinbridge H'cap (Div 1)
Cork 23/07/21 Dawn Tapper K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 2f 11 8-13 49 Kanturk H'cap
Cork 23/07/21 Premium Ticket K.J. Manning Mdn 1m 2f 2 9-7 Irish Stall Farms EBF Median Auction Mdn
Leopardstown 22/07/21 Manu Et Corde K.J. Manning Mdn 1m 1 9-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn €9,900
Leopardstown 22/07/21 Nectarine K.J. Manning Mdn 7f 20yds 9 8-9 Irish EBF Median Sires Series (F) M'dn
Curragh 18/07/21 Litteratus K.J. Manning Mdn 7f 10 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 18/07/21 Purple Gown R.P. Cleary Mdn 7f 9 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Curragh 18/07/21 Bosca Cheoil K.J. Manning Mdn 1m 4f 9 9-2 Cavalor Equine Nutrition M'dn
Curragh 18/07/21 Beagnach Sasta K.J. Manning Mdn 1m 4 9-2 72 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €750
Curragh 17/07/21 Manu Et Corde K.J. Manning Mdn 7f 9 9-5 Juddmonte Farms Expert Eye EBF (C&G) Mdn
Leopardstown 15/07/21 Hymn Book Too K.J. Manning Mdn 1m 6 9-2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €330
Leopardstown 15/07/21 Dixie Bluebell K.J. Manning Hcp 7f 3 9-5 77 Goatstown H'cap €1,550
Leopardstown 15/07/21 Premium Ticket K.J. Manning Mdn 1m 1f 5 9-7 Manguard Plus M'dn €360
Leopardstown 15/07/21 Lunar Space K.J. Manning F 1m 1f 8 9-1 102 Green Room Meld Stakes (Group 3) Group 3
Killarney 14/07/21 Play By The Rules K.J. Manning F 1m 40yds 4 9-0 Irish EBF Median Sires Series Race €1,500
Fairyhouse 11/07/21 High Lake W.T. Byrne Hcp 1m 4f 6 9-2 57 Thanks To Gordon Reilly H'cap (Div 1) €200
Navan 10/07/21 Ivy Avenue L.T. McAteer Hcp 1m 2f 4 9-6 70 Bohermeen Apprentice H'cap €575
Leopardstown 08/07/21 Hook Head K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 4f 180yds 6 8-9 75 Green Room H'cap €310
Leopardstown 08/07/21 Flying Visit K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 2f 8 9-0 103 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nasrullah H'cap
Leopardstown 08/07/21 Legal Thriller K.J. Manning Hcp 1m 12 8-9 59 Ballsbridge 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).