Seven time point to point champion Enda Bolger is a renowned Limerick-based trainer who has had incredible success with cross-country races especially with Garde Champetre in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.
In March 2009 he scored a 1,2,3 for horse owner JP McManus in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase – Garde Champetre came first with L’Ami and Drombeag coming second and third. During this race Garde Champetre was ridden by Nina Carberry, who was also on board on march 12th 2012 at Cheltenham when he was fatally injured when he broke a hind leg.
Enda Bolger is also a seasoned trainer of Grand National horses but hasn’t had an entry for the last two renewals with his last starter coming in the form of King John’s Castle in 2010.
During his own riding career, he rode many winners for P.P. Hogan, including five renewals of the Champion Hunters Chase at the Punchestown Festival. It was only in 2006, and because of J T McNamara did Bolger lose his record for his number of wins in point-to-points with 413, and he was crowned champion point-to-point rider on seven occasions.
JT McNamara is now one of his principle riders, alongside Nina Carberry but it’s not all horses for Bolger as in July of 2012 the undisputed king of cross country racing appeared on stage for 15 minutes with ‘The Boss’, Bruce Springsteen.
In front of 37,000 fans at the RDS in Dublin, the champion trainer joined his musical hero and good friend, Bruce Springsteen. “After all the races I have ridden and all the fences I have jumped, I was never as scared as I was for those 15 minutes,” Enda told the Limerick Leader.