Aidan O’Brien has dominated recent renewals of the Qipco 2000 Guineas but it was his old master Jim Bolger who recorded his second victory in the classic at the age of 79 on Saturday, hailing Poetic’s Flare’s success “right up there with the best days we’ve had.”

That’s a big call from the owner-breeder who trained the likes of St Jovite, Alexander Goldrun, Finsceal Beo and New Approach. Uniquely, Poetic Flare is by Dawn Approach, who was Bolger’s first (and previous) winner of this race in 2013.