O’Brien has high hopes for Scorpion bumper winner

J P McManus’s Lieutenant (5g Scorpion-Erins Love, by Double Bed) captured a Tipperary bumper with the minimum of fuss on Tuesday and connections believe the Scorpion five-year-old has a good future.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien, whose daughter Sara was in the saddle for the victory, commented: He’s a big easy goer, a big striding horse. He’s a lovely horse to look forward to but I’ll speak to Frank (Berry), J P  and Joseph (O’Brien), before deciding on plans and whether or not he goes straight over hurdles.”

Bred by Kenilworth House Stud, Lieutenant was sold for 65,000 euros at the 2013 Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale.

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