Mick Halford feels Toscanini will benefit from his confidence-boosting triumph

Last Updated: 19/08/14 10:53am

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Mick Halford: Trains Toscanini

Mick Halford: Trains Toscanini

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Trainer Mick Halford feels Toscanini will benefit from his confidence-boosting triumph at Dundalk on Sunday when he steps back up in class later in the year.

Despite being the Shamardal colt's fifth competitive appearance of the campaign, it was actually his first in maiden company.

Having been placed behind the classy Cappella Sansevero on his debut in a conditions event at Naas, Toscanini went on to run similarly promising races in the Listed Rochestown Stakes, the Chesham at Royal Ascot and the Anglesey at the Curragh.

The weekend's victory was not entirely straightforward for the 1-5 favourite, with Aidan O'Brien's General Marshall pushing him close, but Halford believes getting his head in front for the first time will benefit his Godolphin-owned youngster.

His big-race entries include the Futurity Stakes (August 24) and the National Stakes (September 14) at the Curragh.

Halford said: "It was nice to get his head in front having run some very good races in defeat and I think it will do his confidence plenty of good.

"The other horse got first run on him and he had a bit of ground to make up. Shane (Foley) had to shake him up as he just went to sleep in behind other horses, but he did it well in the end.

"He'll get another furlong no problem, in fact he probably wants it, but we just thought the race was a good opportunity for him to shed his maiden tag and we're pleased he's gone and done it.

"The second horse might be quite smart and they've pulled well clear of the third.

"We haven't spoken about plans. He wants good ground and we'll just see how things play out."

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