Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 February 2018

Dawn Approach may step back up for Juddmonte

Thomas Kelly

Dawn Approach has been given the option of stepping back up in trip for the Juddmonte International at York on August 21.

Jim Bolger's brilliant miler added last week's St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to his 2,000 Guineas triumph at Newmarket as he bounced back from a very poor run in the Epsom Derby.

The colt, which wears the Godolphin blue, is among 35 entries for the Group One over an extended mile and a quarter which was won last year by Frankel.

A high-quality entry includes Toronado, which was just touched off by Dawn Approach at Ascot, Derby hero Ruler Of The World, Al Kazeem, St Nicholas Abbey and Snow Fairy.

As well as Ruler Of The World and St Nicholas Abbey, Aidan O'Brien has also entered one-time Derby favourite Kingsbarns, which has not run since last season's Racing Post Trophy, and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician and Queen Anne hero Declaration Of War.

Telescope, another leading Derby contender not to have run so far this year, is a possible for Michael Stoute, while John Gosden's Ascot winner Remote could represent the Frankel colours of sponsor Khalid Abdullah.

Just The Judge, winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas and due to step up in trip in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, also holds the engagement.

Meanwhile, Richard Hughes is showing no let-up in the defence of his champion jockey's title across the water and teamed up with father-in-law Richard Hannon for a 28/1 treble at Salisbury yesterday.

The Kildare native kick-started his hat-trick with an all-the-way win aboard Chutney in the opening fillies' maiden for juveniles. The 9/2 shot bounced out of the stalls, enabling Hughes to bag the favoured rail before quickening two-and-three-quarter lengths clear of Stellarta at the line.

Winner No 2 came aboard the odds-on Brown Sugar which was never out of second gear to land the two-year-old maiden over six furlongs. Hughes had to work a good deal harder to get Glossy Posse home ahead of Front Page News in the fillies' handicap.

At Warwick today, 1,000 Guineas fourth Winning Express bids to enhance the Newmarket form when lining up for a seven-furlong Listed event in which she is likely to start a short-priced favourite.

Irish Independent

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