Tuesday 12 November 2019

Herald The Dawn stars for Bolger

Herald The Dawn (blue) gets up to win at the Curragh
Herald The Dawn (blue) gets up to win at the Curragh

Herald The Dawn (6-4) gave trainer Jim Bolger a sixth triumph in the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes when wearing down long-time leader Now Or Never in the seven-furlong Group Two.

A full-brother to Dawn Approach, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 2013, Herald The Dawn had to work quite hard to pin down Michael O'Callaghan's filly and prevail by a length and a quarter under Kevin Manning.

By doing so, Herald The Dawn emulated his sire New Approach who lifted this prize in 2007.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained 11-8 favourite Shogun was third while his stablemate Air Vice Marshal was a late withdrawal.

Bolger said: "Kevin said the wheels were spinning but he got there. He's basically a good ground horse but he overcame the adversity.

"He can do six furlongs, seven or a mile. We'll see where he fits in, and we have choices in Ireland, England and France."

Herald The Dawn was cut to 20-1 from 33-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas and to 25-1 from 33s for the Investec Derby with Paddy Power while Boylesports priced him up at 20-1 for the Guineas.

O'Brien was far from despondent about shogun, saying: "Joseph knew after two furlongs that he was in trouble on the ground.

"I felt that mentally the run would do him good and, with that run under his belt, he could make the step up to run in a Group One on nice ground."

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