Manning expected Poetic Flare victory
Kevin Manning admitted he wasn't surprised by Poetic Flare's thrilling victory in Saturday's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Poetic Flare emulated his sire Dawn Approach and came out on top at to provide Manning and Jim Bolger with another Classic success.
Victorious in the trial for the race at Leopardstown last month, the three-year-old hit the front right when it mattered to secure a last-gasp victory, denying Craven Stakes winner Master Of The Seas by a short head with Lucky Vega a further neck back in third.
Victory provided 54-year-old Manning and 79-year-old Bolger with a second 2,000 Guineas success following Dawn Approach's victory in the opening Classic of the season in 2013, while it was an 11th British and Irish Classic success for the trainer and an eighth for the jockey.
Manning said: "It's a great training performance, he's done nothing wrong all along this horse and was impressive in the Guineas trial at Leopardstown. I knew he'd come forward from then and I made no secret that I fancied him.
"He's just a proper horse, I really thought that he would win today. The plan was always to have this guy come here and thankfully it's worked out."
Dawn Approach went on to contest the Derby following his 2,000 Guineas triumph where he endured a nightmare run, and Manning is not certain that Poetic Flare would follow in his footsteps and have a crack at the showpiece.
Asked if he would stay 1m4f, he added: "I'm not sure, he was a little bit keen with me today for the first furlong or two. I'll sit down with Jim and have a chat but I can't see why he won't stay a mile and a quarter."