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Dawn backed for Dewhurst

THERE looks set to be plenty of Irish interest at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon and the headline act is Jim Bolger's Dawn Approach in the Dewhurst Stakes.

DAWN APPROACH will be looking to emulate his sire and three other colts who went through the care of Bolger to win the Group One event and he will face a maximum of 14 rivals.

Bolger has won the race with Teofilo, Intense Focus, and last year with Parish Hall as well as New Approach in 2007 and it will be the second time the current antepost favourite for the English 2000 Guineas will run in the Godolphin blue.


Bookmakers Paddy Power stood alone at even money about Dawn Approach soon after yesterday's five-day forfeit stage, but they were forced to cut him into 10/11 after sustained support.

Bolger is also set to run Leitir Mor in the race and Aidan O'Brien trains eight of the field that remains with second favourite Cristoforo Colombo the pick of the Ballydoyle octet.

O'Brien has 23 entries for Saturday's fixture, while Bolger is also set to make a notable raid on Britain's HQ with seven strong entries throughout the card.

A decision on where Dawn Approach will be trained next year has yet to be made, or at least made public knowledge, but Bolger did admit yesterday that the Dewhurst is likely to be his last run of the season.

However, the Carlow-based trainer didn't rule out a visit to the Breeders' Cup in November if his owner insisted, stating: "If Sheikh Mohammed wants to go to the Breeders' Cup that would be fine by me, with that type of horse you could go anywhere."

A full field is likely for the Betfred Cesarewitch in which Dermot Weld has leading fancy Olympiad and Maurice Phelan's Ulster Derby hero Alhellal is also engaged, while former Gold Cup-winning jockey Jim Culloty may send over Cry For The Moon.