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Dawn Approach ridden by Kevin Manning. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Dawn Approach ridden by Kevin Manning. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Dawn Approach ridden by Kevin Manning. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Jim Bolger reports St James's Palace Stakes winner Dawn Approach "in great form" after his exertions at Royal Ascot.

The Qipco 2000 Guineas hero bounced back from a dismal effort in the Investec Derby, where he pulled so hard he ruined all chance, to see off Toronado just 17 days later in a thriller on Tuesday.

It was a run made all the more meritorious as he was again keen in the early stages and got quite a bump two furlongs out after being hampered. Plans for the son of New Approach could become clearer at the weekend.

Bolger said: "It was a tough race but he has come of it very well and is in great order.

FUTURE

"I haven't given future plans a lot of thought yet, but I'll be talking to Sheikh Mohammed and Simon Crisford (Godolphin racing mananger) at Ascot on Saturday and see what they might be thinking."

Tommy Stack's Ribblesdale absentee Alive Alive Oh may take in the Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes on the way to the Darley Irish Oaks.

Forecast to go off favourite for the Group Two at Royal Ascot, connections considered the ground to be too quick for the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade. With the Oaks at the Curragh on July 20 as her main mid-summer target, her team will wait to see how she takes the exertions of travelling back to Ireland before deciding her exact plan.

"We'll just have a think about it and see how she is when we get home," said Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy.

"I'm not sure if she'll go straight to the Oaks, she might run in the Pretty Polly (Curragh, June 30) first.

"It's a shame for everyone (not running at Ascot). They had some (rain) nearby but nothing on the track.

"It was just a shade too quick for her."


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