Dawn raid boosts Godolphin
Godolphin have bought, for an undisclosed sum, a controlling interest in Dawn Approach, next season's 2,000 Guineas favourite, but the colt will remain with trainer Jim Bolger -- at least until the end of his juvenile season.
The colt, unbeaten in four races, jumped to the head of the Classic ante-post market when securing a game victory in last week's Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His sire, New Approach, was also trained by Bolger and won the Derby in the colours of Princess Haya of Jordan, the wife of Goldolphin mastermind Sheikh Mohammed. He is enjoying a fantastic first season as a Darley stallion and had two other juvenile winners at Royal Ascot.
Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "We are delighted Dawn Approach will race for Godolphin and look forward to seeing him race at the highest level. It is fantastic how well New Approach has started his stallion career and Dawn Approach appears to have inherited many of his qualities."
According to the Godolphin website, the youngster will be aimed at the top end-of-the-season races, such as the Group One Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes (formerly the National Stakes) at the Curragh on September 15 and the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 13.
In anybody's language, the John Gosden-William Buick team are riding high after their five Royal Ascot winners and this weekend, they plan to extend their purple patch to Ireland, where Izzi Top will face a strong line-up from Ballydoyle, headed by Investec Oaks winner Was, in Sunday's Barclays Bank Pretty Polly Stakes.
Gosden said that Izzi Top, twice a winner this year, had been progressing well. "She runs at the Curragh provided the ground is good. This filly is going the right way."
Meanwhile, Willy Twiston-Davies enjoyed the biggest win of his burgeoning Flat career by landing yesterday's Carlisle Bell on Levitate. The teenage son of trainer Nigel has jump racing in his blood, winning last year's Fox Hunters' at Aintree, but is with Richard Hannon this summer.