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Saturday 10 December 2016

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

Published 28/06/2015 | 15:02

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.

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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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