Dawn Approach is reported to be in tip-top shape as he prepares to win at Ascot for a third time when he lines-up for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas hero has been successful in two previous visits to the Berkshire track, in the Coventry Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes, and bids to make it three in Europe's richest mile race, sponsored by Qipco.

Winner of his first seven starts and eight races in all from 11 starts, the three-year-old colt is on a retrieval mission after being found to be sick after finishing unplaced behind Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August.

"Dawn Approach is very well and we are very happy with him," said County Carlow-based Bolger.

"I am hopeful that he will be able to cope with the softer ground but we won't be sure until after the race."