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Bolger has Classic contender on his hands after Coventry success

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 17:09

Dawn Approach (centre in orange) will not have too long of a break before his next outing
Dawn Approach (centre in orange) will not have too long of a break before his next outing

Dawn Approach lived up to his tall reputation with a hard-fought victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Jim Bolger-trained son of his Derby winner New Approach was one of the first off the bridle in the six-furlong heat, but stayed on strongly to run out a decisive winner in the end.

Kevin Manning was sending out distress signals from an early stage on the 7-2 chance, who was stretching his unbeaten record to four.

Stablemate Leitir Mor led until just outside the distance but Dawn Approach was beginning to make headway, along with Aidan O'Brien's Cristoforo Colombo.

However, it was Bolger's colt who stayed on strongest to win by three-quarters of a length from 20-1 shot Olympic Glory, who flew from the rear.

Cristoforo Colombo was third with Sir Prancealot, sent off the 3-1 favourite, fourth.

After the race, Jim Bolger said: "He's as good as I've had.

"He has everything. He has pace, he has stamina, he has looks and he has the temperament. There are no holes in this fellow.

"I don't see him going beyond a mile and I don't want him to go beyond a mile. That will do me.

"I'll probably give him a little break. He's a very gross horse who grubs (eats) very well, so the break won't get to be too long.

"I'd say the Futurity Stakes and the National Stakes (are options) and if I can find a space for him in the Dewhurst with the other two-year-olds I have, then maybe the Dewhurst.

"There is always Longchamp as well.

"He'll have three more runs (this year) I hope."

Dawn Approach carries the colours of Bolger's wife Jackie and asked whether he would be for sale, the trainer said: "I have to keep the show on the road, so if someone makes me an offer I can't refuse, then we'll probably have to part with him.

"I'm happy enough to have him for as long as I can have him."

Manning said: "I just tucked him in on the heels of the leaders. I didn't think we went overly mad early on and we just built up into it.

"Six furlongs is probably his minimum and it just took him a while to find top gear, but when he found top gear inside the last furlong, it was all over.

"I think he's probably as smart a two-year-old as I've ridden. He's winning over a trip that's not his best.

"I think when he steps up to seven furlongs you'll see a real horse.

"He's got the right attitude (for the Guineas), he's got a great cruising gear and he's got a turn of foot. The ground is not a huge issue and he ticks all the boxes."

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