THE leading two-year-old of 2012 was reported to be well after Saturday's Dewhurst Stakes win, which was a fifth success in seven runnings of the race for his trainer Jim Bolger.
Dawn Approach will now be aimed at becoming a Classic winner when connections target the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket next year with the six-time winning colt, who will break the mould by staying in Ireland to be trained by Bolger, despite being owned by Godolphin.
Saturday's impressive win was a second Group One success for the son of Derby winner New Approach, and it was also the second occasion in which he carried the blue colours of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin. But |following the Dewhurst success Sheikh Mohammed made it clear that Bolger would remain in control.
Speaking yesterday, the trainer said: “Kevin (Manning) is reasonably optimistic he will stay 10 furlongs, but beyond that I think probably not. We will start him off over a mile and go from there.”
Godolphin's racing manager, Simon Crisford, added: “He's fine. It was a fantastic win and a great performance. He couldn't have done any more.”
Bolger enjoyed a profitable day at Newmarket on Saturday, with a 1-2 in the Dewhurst and possible Derby contender Trading Leather winning the Group Three Autumn Stakes at a meeting which is popular with the stable.
In the antepost markets, Dawn Approach is a best priced 5/1 with Ladbrokes for the 2000 Guineas, while he can be backed at 12/1 with William Hill for the Derby. Trading Leather is a 16/1 shot for Epsom.