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Thursday 17 April 2014

Money floods in for Approach

Dawn Approach continues to harden at the head of the market for tomorrow's Dewhurst Stakes, after the unbeaten Jim Bolger-trained colt was one of 18 raiders declared for a quality Newmarket spread.

Having been a top-priced evens when betting opened on the seven-furlong Group One on Monday, the National Stakes winner's price has steadily fallen and he was as short as 2/5 yesterday to supply his Coolcullen handler with a fifth win in the race since 2006.

The presence of Bolger's Leitir Mor and Aidan O'Brien's George Vancouver and The Ferryman means that four of the six runners hail from Irish stables.

O'Brien's Cristoforo Colombo, Gale Force Ten and Parliament Square are among nine that will face Clive Cox's unbeaten 15/8 favourite Reckless Abandon in the furlong-shorter Middle Park.

The Ballydoyle maestro's I Have A Dream will be ridden by Ryan Moore in the Cesarewitch, as Dermot Weld's Olympiad drifted from 8/1 out to as big as 14/1 with Paddy Power after being drawn wide in stall 33 of the 36.

Jim Culloty's Chris Hayes-ridden Cry For The Moon is the lowest-drawn Irish contender in gate 26, with Wayne Lordan aboard Maurice Phelan's Alhellal in trap 30.

Countrywide Flame, successful in the Triumph Hurdle in March, is now the clear market leader for the prestigious two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap at around 8/1.

Tom Mullins, meanwhile, has revealed that his County Hurdle hero Alderwood came through his first schooling session over fences on the Curragh yesterday with flying colours.

"He jumped nicely and I was pleased with him," the Doninga man said of his JP McManus-owned Punchestown Grade One winner. "He'll obviously need a few more sessions before a race, though. He's at least a month away from a run."

Noel Meade has reported that Go Native emerged unscathed for his first start in 939 days, after the nine-year-old defied his lay-off to finish a fine third at Navan on Wednesday, while Henry de Bromhead is considering a King George tilt for Sizing Europe, following his ready reappearance victory at Gowran Park on Saturday.

As well as mentioning the JNWine.com Champion Chase in Down Royal and Navan's Fortria Chase as possible targets, De Bromhead said: "The King George (at Kempton on St Stephen's Day) would be on our minds -- I think all options are open."

Tomorrow, Emmet Mullins will ride his uncle Willie's Uncle Junior in the Velka Pardubicka, with Richie McLernon aboard McManus' Doctor Pat for Enda Bolger in the Czech Republic's answer to the Aintree Grand National.

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