June 10, 2017 - CURRAGH, Race 1, Msw, EUR €17,500, 7.0F, .0000

Verbal Dexterity (Ire), c, 2, 2015 by Vocalised

1st Dam: Lonrach (Ire), by Holy Roman Emperor (Ire)
2nd Dam: Luminous One (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
3rd Dam: Smaoineamh (Ire), by Tap On Wood (Ire)

Owner: Mrs J S Bolger
Breeder: J S Bolger & John Corcoran (Ire)
Trainer: Jim Bolger

Verbal Dexterity (Ire), sent off at 8-1, tracked the leading trio without cover throughout the early stages. Moving forward to take command with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining, the imposing homebred stayed on strongly to win by 9 1/2 lengths from Sebastiano Ricci (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), with Caffe Macchiato (Ire) (Fast Company {Ire}) 1 1/2 lengths away in third. “He’s a nice big individual who had been working well, but is very laid-back and very raw,� jockey Kevin Manning said. “There is lots of improvement in him. Conditions were tough there and they went a nice pace. He was running very green and I was getting there too soon, but I had to keep him rolling and he kept going well.� Lonrach’s first foal, Renewed Focus (Ire), a colt by Intense Focus, died as a 2-year-old, so Verbal Dexterity is her first runner. She has a yearling full-sister to the winner, who is from the family of Bolger’s dual group 1-placed Luminata (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}).

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