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Toscanini on the march

Toscanini could make make his seasonal debut at Navan on Sunday ahead of a tilt at the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Michael Halford has pinpointed the seven-furlong Group Three as the long-term objective for the three-year-old colt, who was runner-up to Richard Pankhurst in the Chesham Stakes over course and distance at the big meeting last summer.

Toscanini ended last season as a leading Irish juvenile after finishing second to subsequent Qipco 2000 Guineas hero Gleneagles in the National Stakes at the Curragh.

The son of Shamardal, who has early-closing entries in the new Group One Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs at the Royal meeting and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket, could reappear in the Brews Hill Race over an extended five furlongs at the weekend.

Should Halford decided to wait a little longer, Toscanini would have two options at Naas on June 1.

"He's entered on Sunday in Navan. He's in good form and he's ready to start off," said the County Kildare handler.

"If he doesn't go there he will go to Naas on June 1. He has a choice of races there, a six-furlong race and a seven-furlong race.

"His main aim is the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"His two-year-old form was very strong."

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