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Friday 2 December 2016

Sanus Per Aquam is chip off old block for Jim Bolger

28 June 2015; 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
28 June 2015; 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

Jim Bolger was full of praise for Sanus Per Aquam in the aftermath of his impressive success in the Racecourse Of The Year Race at Leopardstown.

The youngster was taking his record to two wins from as many starts - and in the process earned comparisons with his sire, Teofilo.

Racing in second behind his stablemate Gleine, Kevin Manning's mount swept to the front inside the two-furlong marker.

Odds-on favourite Port Douglas tried to give chase under Joseph O'Brien, but was no match for the imposing winner, who had four and three-quarter lengths in hand at the line.

Bolger said of his 11-8 winner: "I would have liked another week or 10 days, but he ran tonight as I wanted another run into him before the Futurity. He can go anywhere.

"I didn't do anything with him since the Curragh. I took it on trust and let him look after himself.

"He's the oul fella (Teofilo) reincarnated. He does everything he does and does it the same way. That's where he's at at the moment except he's two weeks ahead of the father."

Teofilo finished his career unbeaten, numbering the Futurity, National Stakes and Dewhurst among his five victories. He did not race as a three-year-old.

At Newmarket, Mr Singh booked his ticket for a shot at the Ladbrokes St Leger after providing trainer John Gosden with a record-breaking fifth success in the Bahrain Trophy.

Although entering the Group Three contest with just a maiden win at Newbury to his name, the 11-10 favourite bossed things from the front to double his tally of victories in the hands of Frankie Dettori and follow up his second in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

While Future Empire emerged as a threat late on he had no answer to the winner who found plenty when asked the question to post a two-and-a-half-length success, giving Dettori a seventh win in the race.

Following his victory Mr Singh was cut from 14-1 to 8-1 for the final Classic of the season at Doncaster on September 12 by Paddy Power.

Gosden said: "He's a lovely horse. He's still growing and he's beginning to fill out.

"He got into a muddle at Goodwood, but the winner (Storm The Stars) went on to be third in the Derby and he ran a lovely race at Royal Ascot. He stays well and he changes gears.

"We'll go straight to the St Leger with him, he'll love it at Doncaster. Masked Marvel came here and did the same before winning the Leger."

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