boundless ocean handed trainer Jim Bolger a record ninth victory in the Green Room Meld Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.
The son of New Approach lost his first tag on the Foxrock site in April and was only narrowly turned down by Cairde Go Deo when he returned to the track for last month’s King George V Cup.
Boundless Ocean failed to deliver a decisive blow in the Irish Derby in their last appearance, but are losing distance and class for this nine-stay Group Three.
Bolger, who is just one win away from Dermot Weld’s total wins in the race, said: “I’ve been very happy with Boundless Ocean since the Irish Derby. He showed a strong taste for the course, the distance and the conditions and was very consistent. I expect a good performance.
Boundless Ocean is one of six declared runners, with 2020 winner Joseph O’Brien Patrick Sarsfield bidding to win back his crown in cheeks for the first time.
The field is led by Mick Halford’s Bear Story, who was due a penalty for a Group Three success at Dundalk in September and has since finished second in Group Two.
“He is in good shape. He’s been incredibly consistent this year on a good level,” Halford said.
“Going back from a meter back to a mile and one, I wouldn’t see that as a major issue. It’s a very easy trick. He is a horse that settles in very well but he would see it very hard.
“He always showed us a lot of things. It has really come into its own now with age. He’s a pretty big horse, he’s really gotten stronger.
“His form would suggest there would be a big one in him. On his mark and on his form, he deserves to have his day and I think he will.
Winner of the Ger Lyonnais internship GeorgevilleAidan O’Brien Howth and Limerick goalscorer Trevaunancecoached by Jessica Harrington, completes the line-up.