Poetic Flare will try to do better than his father Dawn Approach, for coach Jim Bolger, in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood next week.
The Bolger colt has won three of his five starts in a hugely successful three-year campaign so far – which has included victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, mimicking his father in the process.
If he wins again on day two of the Goodwood Festival, Poetic Flare will give his coach a first victory in the Sussex Stakes – in which Dawn Approach, the 2013 County Carlow Guineas hero, had to endure. content with an honorable second in his classic year. .
The British heat wave is expected to leave conditions at Goodwood no slower than good next Wednesday.
Bolger said: “He’s handling soft ground but he’s better on good pitch.
“He’s very well balanced so I don’t think Goodwood is a problem for him.”
Poetic Flare inherited many characteristics from Dawn Approach.
“He’s a heavyweight in every way and weighs over 500kg,” Bolger said.
“He’s a very easy to manage horse because he knows his stuff and he loves racing.
“He has a great appetite for eating and for working – he’s like his father Dawn Approach in every way.”
“He still has a bit of work to do and will then arrive at Goodwood on Monday.
“It’s a very special race and a race I’ve never won before.”