Bolger pleased as Dawn Approach comes from behind at Newmarket
JIM Bolger laid down his 2013 Classic marker at Newmarket on Saturday as both Dawn Approach and Trading Leather stamped their class on Dubai Future Champions Day.
Dawn Approach was already the ante-post favourite for the 2000 Guineas but shortened further after stretching his unbeaten record to six in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.
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 his 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 (30-100 favourite) 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 now look likely to be Europe's champion two-year-old as well.
Owner Sheikh Mohammed confirmed he will remain in the care of the same trainer over the winter, while Bolger said: "There were no real anxious moments today.
"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."
"It's fantastic to be part of the whole dynasty."
Bolger has already marked out Trading Leather as a possible Derby horse and he applied himself well to hold the other 5-2 joint-favourite Montiridge by three-quarters of a length in the Autumn Stakes.
"We view him as a Derby horse," Bolger said.
"He's in the Racing Post Trophy but we'll see how he comes out of it.
"It looked soft enough for him today."
While Bolger believes he holds the whip hand in the Guineas, Clive Cox may beg to differ after Reckless Abandon maintained his unbeaten run with a gutsy success over Moohaajim in the Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes.
The Prix Morny winner was discarded by Adam Kirby in favour of the Marco Botti-trained runner-up, but Gerald Mosse was more than equal to the task as he took up an early position on the rail.
The 9-4 joint-favourites fought out the finish, but as they met the rising ground Reckless Abandon kept on pulling out more to see off his rival by a neck.
"It's a privilege to be here and I think we'll dine out on this for some time to come," said Cox.
"He won't run again this season, but we need to digest things first. He's clearly got a lot of speed but, luckily, there are a lot of months to go before we have to make any decisions about what we do next season."
Botti was undeterred about the class of Moohaajim and he will be given a Guineas campaign next season.
Aim To Prosper created history when he became the first horse to win the Betfred Cesarewitch twice.
Brian Meehan's veteran was a 66-1 chance as he had not scored since the 2010 renewal, but was given a determined ride by Kieren Fallon to thwart Countrywide Flame by half a length.
Fallon said: "He was off the bridle all the way. He's tough as nails and he really wanted it."
Charlie Hills looks as if he has a useful filly in Just The Judge, who retained her unbeaten record by coming a comfortable length and a quarter clear in the Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes.
"I think she's won that like a nice filly," said the young trainer.
"We'll put her away now and go for the Guineas."
Fulbright (15-2), a bitter disappointment at Redcar, bounced back in the Dubai Challenge Stakes, while there was a deserved victory for Jane Chapple-Hyam's Mull Of Killough (8-1) under Joseph O'Brien's steering in the Darley Stakes.
Royal Rascal claimed the coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes at York, where veteran Regal Parade was a popular victor in the Coral Sprint Trophy.
Richard Hannon may have been out of luck in the juvenile events at Newmarket but his Law Enforcement claimed the Group One Grand Criterium at San Siro in Italy.
The Nick Williams-trained Maljimar fared best of the foreign party in fourth finishing fourth in the famous Velka Pardubicka at Pardubice in the Czech Republic.
Willie Mullins' Uncle Junior finished sixth behind winner Orphee Des Lins, who was ridden by Jan Faltejsek, better known for his association with the George Charlton-trained Knockara Beau.
Sunday saw the Dermot Weld-trained filly Voleuse De Coeurs (6-1 favourite) rout the field in the Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh under Leigh Roche, defying a 15lb rise in the weights to slam the smart Missunited by 10 lengths.
Joseph O'Brien struck on Magician in the maiden for his father, Aidan, to move five clear of Pat Smullen in the Flat jockeys' championship race, but did pick up a three-day ban for his use of the whip on Maarek elsewhere on the card.
At Limerick, the Dessie Hughes-trained Raz De Maree (7-1) claimed top honours in the Ladbrokes Munster National to give the Curragh handler a first win in the race.