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Saturday 10 December 2016

Round Two lands knockout blow

Published 23/05/2015 | 16:01

Round Two has the opposition well beaten
Round Two has the opposition well beaten

Round Two confirmed himself a top-class prospect with an authoritative success in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh.

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The Jim Bolger-trained Teofilo colt made a winning debut at Naas earlier this month in a race his handler had won with Dawn Approach in 2012 and came forward from that, showing a likeable attitude in the process.

Tracking Taexali before taking over around a furlong and a half out, Kevin Manning's mount was threatened briefly by fellow 15-8 joint-favourite Washington DC but readily asserted for a two-length call at the line.

RaceBets make the Godolphin-owned winner 3-1 favourite from 6-1 for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Manning said: "He stepped back a furlong in better company and did it will. He's been giving us the all the right vibes from day one and I don't think trip is an issue with this horse."

Bolger added: "The trip doesn't seem to matter to him. It doesn't matter where you put him in a race or how you train him. He's unbelievably straightforward and uncomplicated.

"If you wouldn't get excited about him you wouldn't be alive.

"As I said about Dawn Approach at the time, we'll see where he fits in with the others. We'll talk it over, but I'd say he'll go to Royal Ascot.

"They didn't go much pace in Naas, but he was able to cope with it so we were fairly sure he'd cope with five furlongs. I'm sure he'll stay further whenever he's asked."

When asked to compare Round Two with other star juveniles he has had in the past, Bolger said: "He's the quickest one I've had. He's the quickest I've had after Polonia (won Prix de l'Abbaye in 1987)."

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