Monday 29 May 2017

Sanus Per Aquam makes impressive debut for Jim Bolger at the Curragh

Sanus Per Aquam with Kevin Manning up, ahead of Lieutenant General with Donnacha O'Brien up, on their way to winning the Barronstown Stud E.B.F. (C & G) Maiden. Curragh Derby Festival. The Curragh, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Sanus Per Aquam with Kevin Manning up, ahead of Lieutenant General with Donnacha O'Brien up, on their way to winning the Barronstown Stud E.B.F. (C & G) Maiden. Curragh Derby Festival. The Curragh, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Sanus Per Aquam got the better of Lieutenant General in a terrific tussle for the Barronstown Stud EBF (Colts & Geldings) Maiden at the Curragh.

Donnacha O'Brien looked like he had made a winning move on the newcomer, trained by his father Aidan, but Kevin Manning plugged away on Jim Bolger's fellow debutant Sanus Per Aquam (7-1).

The son of Teofilo asserted close home to win by a length and a quarter. Leath Na Hoibre was third.

"He's a big raw two-year-old and has the physique to progress well," said Bolger of the winner who is a full-brother to the year-older Morning Mix, who was successful at the meeting on Friday.

"He could come back here for the Futurity and possibly the National Stakes after that.

"If I was a proper trainer you wouldn't see him next until a Derby trial!"

The race was won last year by subsequent dual Guineas hero Gleneagles.

BoyleSports introduced Sanus Per Aquam at 33-1 for the Investec Derby, while RaceBets offered an introductory quote of 25-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

Ryan Moore made all the running on Air Pilot as the Ralph Beckett-trained six-year-old landed his first Group Three success in the Hermitage Medical Clinic International Stakes.

Air Pilot (8-15 favourite) enjoyed an easy lead and had enough in the tank to comfortably see off the attentions of Parish Hall, representing the opening-race winning team of Bolger and Manning.

Roheryn was some way behind as last of the three runners.

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