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Bolger's approach pays dividends as Dawn delivers another Dewhurst

Updated: Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 23:18 | Comments

Dawn Approach and Leitir Mor led home a Jim Bolger 1-2 in the Dewhurst
Dawn Approach and Leitir Mor led home a Jim Bolger 1-2 in the Dewhurst

Jim Bolger was given formal approval by Sheikh Mohammed to prepare ante-post favourite Dawn Approach for next year's 2000 Guineas after the colt stretched his unbeaten record to six in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

It had not been announced by Godolphin as to whether they would move the chestnut to one of their own trainers or keep him with Bolger, but this solid two-and-three-quarter-length defeat of stablemate Leitir Mor was evidence there was no need to make any changes to his regime.

For a moment it looked as if Bolger might be sweeping to a fifth Dewhurst in seven years with the 'wrong' horse as Dawn Approach had some difficulty in catching the dogged pacemaker Leitir Mor, but he rose to the challenge for Kevin Manning in the final furlong and passed the post in style.

Unusually, Dawn Approach had his first start as early as March and was emulating his sire New Approach in landing both the Dewhurst and the National Stakes.

Both horses now look likely to be Europe's champion two-year-old as well.

A 30-100 favourite here, he is a best-priced 5-1 to win the Guineas next May, a race in which his father narrowly lost his undefeated status but handsomely made amends in the Derby.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "We are very happy.

"I was impressed with him when he won his maiden and I thought he was a good horse - we were lucky.

"Good horses always find something and Insha'Allah he will be back for the 2000 Guineas.

"I think he will get a mile and a quarter but I don't know if he is a Derby horse yet.

"I think the trainer will see."

When asked whether his acquisition would stay at Coolcullen, the Dubai ruler simply pointed to Bolger and said: "Yes."

Bolger also took last year's renewal with Parish Hall, who has not been seen since.

"There were no real anxious moments today," he said.

"He just has a lazy style of racing and once Kevin wound him up, there were never any concerns.

"We needed a good pacemaker today and he has done his job very well.

"I think he will start off over a mile next year and take it from there.

"My previous four Dewhurst winners were pretty smart, but this one is right up there with them.

"He's capable of ruling the roost."

Bolger was reminded of his record in the event and said: "I'm just wondering what happened the other two years!

"We like to target the Dewhurst because we always receive a warm welcome here at Newmarket."

Manning also partnered Bolger's other winners, Teofilo and Intense Focus, and he said: "To ride any horse of this ability is exciting, but it's great to have ridden the father and now ride a horse as good as him.

"It's fantastic to be part of the whole dynasty.

"He's much easier to deal with than his father, there was always a little temperament about him, whereas this horse is more straightforward.

"He always just hits his flat spot for a couple of strides until he hits top gear.

"I know the horse and I knew there was plenty there."

George Vancouver completed an Irish clean-sweep for Aidan O'Brien in third, while Ashdan was fourth.

His trainer John Gosden said: "The champion two-year-old has been crowned, and I think in the Middle Park you saw the second champion two-year-old (Reckless Abandon).

"Ashdan is not really worldly enough for that and is bred to stay a lot further.

"It's a nice run but this was all a little bit quick and a bit sudden.

"He's a horse for next year.”

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