Lieutenant General can improve enough to take maiden

Runner-up on his recent debut at the Curragh, Lieutenant General should land the Irish Stallion Farms 2-Y-0 Maiden in Naas tonight.

One of three Ballydoyle colts in the field for a seven-furlong Curragh maiden on the Sunday of Irish Derby weekend, he was well-supported (10/1 to 5/1) and, ridden by Donnacha O’Brien, made a hugely promising start to his career, only giving best well inside the final furlong to Jim Bolger’s Sanus Per Aquam.

Beaten a length and a quarter, Aidan O’Brien’s Fastnet Rock colt finished five lengths clear of the remainder.

Dropping back to six furlongs and with plenty of improvement expected, Lieutenant General should be tough to beat in this five-runner affair, although the opposition includes Jim Bolger’s debutant Herald The dawn, a full-brother to Dawn Approach, and the Kevin Prendergast-trained Munshid, fifth on his debut in the hot Curragh maiden won by Air Force Blue.

The 110-rated Toscanini, whose juvenile form included a creditable second to Gleneagles in the National Stakes), should account for just two rivals in the six-furlong Boston Access Supporting Console Race.

Conqueror of subsequent dual Group 3-winner Ainippe on his seasonal debut in Nava, Michael Halford’s colt then finished third to Anthem Alexander over this course and distance.

Last time, he was beaten only a length and a half when fifth to Dutch Connection in the Jersey takes at Royal Ascot.

He looks a cut above his rivals here and should return to winning ways against these rivals.

Meanwhile the Tony Mullins-trained Diamond Rio belied her 50/1 starting price when finishing third on her debut in a maiden at Gowran Park, behind subsequent winners Rivers Of Babylon and Eshera, and might improve enough to land the one-mile fillies maiden at the expense of Current State.


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