Talking Horses: Verbal Dexterity can spoil Aidan O’Brien party at Doncaster

Ireland’s top trainer is hoping to seal a record-breaking season in the Racing Post Trophy but Jim Bolger’s runner could cause an upset

Aidan O’Brien hopes to set the seal on a record-breaking season with a 26th top-level success in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday. The race is Britain’s last Group One of 2017 and Saxon Warrior – the choice of Ryan Moore – and The Pentagon will set off at combined odds of around 4-5 to deliver Ballydoyle’s eighth success in the race.

The focus on O’Brien’s team, however, should allow Jim Bolger’s Verbal Dexterity (3.25) to start at a very attractive price. Bolger, who trained five Dewhurst winners in seven years from 2006, suggested after Verbal Dexterity’s win in the Group One National Stakes that he is “as good as any of the two-year-olds I’ve had” and he could well improve further for the step up to a mile.

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