Trading Leather ready for Ascot
Trading Leather remains firmly on course for the Betfair-sponsored King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.
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Jim Bolger's charge proved himself one of the best colts of his generation when winning the Irish Derby last month and trainer Jim Bolger, who completed the Irish Derby-King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes double with St Jovite in 1992, has targeted Ascot ever since.
"Trading Leather is fine and on course for the King George. It was a first-class performance in the Irish Derby. He ran right to the line in a fast time and came out of the race very well," he said.
"It gets a bit tougher now he is stepping into open company, but I am hoping he is up to the task. Like St Jovite, he is a good Derby winner and I'm hoping he will continue to progress from here. He doesn't like soft ground but after that he doesn't mind."
Trading Leather is set to be joined in the field by another three-year-old, Hillstar. Sir Michael Stoute's colt, winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, is a 7/1 chance with the sponsors.
Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented: "It's looking likely that Hillstar will be added to the line-up for an already cracking field for the King George.
"He will bid to make history for Sir Michael Stoute and looks to be a typical improving colt from his yard. The step up in trip seemed to benefit at Ascot and he did it nicely."