Friday 23 March 2018

Bolger's Sanus takes Newmarket prize

Sanus Per Aquam with Kevin Manning, pictured earlier this year
Sanus Per Aquam with Kevin Manning, pictured earlier this year Newsdesk Newsdesk

Sanus Per Awuam and Kevin Manning stole the show in the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.

In retreat when passing the two-furlong pole, Jim Bolger's tenacious Teofilo colt responded gamely to Manning's urgings, rallying to get up and pip Tasleet by a nose on the line.

"He didn't come down the hill very well and he didn't fancy it on the loose ground," Bolger said of the 2/1 favourite's display.

"When he hit the rising ground, Kevin thought he was always going to get there. This is a horse who will improve in leaps and bounds for next year."

The Coolcullen wizard suggested that Sanus Per Aquam might not run again this year, but that, should he do so, he would be his likeliest Dewhurst runner. "I have been known to change my mind," Bolger added with a smile.

John Gosden is looking to Champions Day at Ascot for Flying Officer after the 4/6 favourite went one better than 12 months ago in the Jockey Club Rose Bowl.

Despite wandering badly late on, the lightly-raced five-year-old had enough in reserve to keep Angel Gabriel at bay and claim the two-mile Listed prize in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

William Buick bolstered his strike-rate at the track with a 164/1 treble which was initiated by a front-running success on Mark Johnston's 2/1 market leader Bathos in the nursery. His other wins came aboard Charlie Appleby's Rare Rhythm and Secret Art for William Knight.

At Perth, meanwhile, regular visitor Gordon Elliott was on the mark with 11/8 favourite Fagan, which took the bumper by nine lengths from Celtic Flames in the hands of Richard Johnson.

Irish Independent

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