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Dawn Approach team look to St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 16:12 | Comments

Dawn Approach has been working well since his Derby disappointment according to Jim Bolger
Dawn Approach has been working well since his Derby disappointment according to Jim Bolger

Dawn Approach has emerged a surprise contender for Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Godolphin's 2000 Guineas hero was originally thought to be an unlikely runner in the mile heat after finishing last in the Derby at Epsom earlier this month.

However, trainer Jim Bolger reports his Classic winner on course for a return to a mile, subject to a gallop on Thursday.

He told www.godolphin.com: "He's been left in the St James's Palace Stakes and, subject to a satisfactory piece of work on Thursday, he is an intended runner."

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "Jim is very happy with how Dawn Approach has done since the Derby and he is keen to let him run at Royal Ascot if everything continues to go well with his preparation between now and the race on Tuesday.

"We had a discussion this morning and decided to let him run if he pleases in his work on Thursday.Jim has been delighted with how relaxed Dawn Approach has been in his training."  

14 horses have been declared for the day one highlight at the Royal meeting.

Irish 2,000 Guineas victor scorer Magician is one of four contenders for Aidan O'Brien, the others being Gale Force Ten, George Vancouver and Mars.

Richard Hannon's Toronado will have a second crack at Dawn Approach, having finished only fourth when deemed his biggest danger in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. .

The entries are completed by Dont Bother Me, Dundonnell, Garswood, Glory Awaits, Jammy Guest and potential French raiders Mshawish and Mutin. 

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