Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 17 December 2017

Dawn seals high five for Bolger

Tom Peacock

Jim Bolger won the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket for an incredible fifth time in seven years with Dawn Approach yesterday.

Now unbeaten in six starts as a juvenile, Bolger's youngster heads into winter quarters as a red-hot favourite for the 2,000 Guineas. Dawn Approach (30/100 fav) is a son of New Approach, which won this race in 2007 before going on to land the Derby the following year.

Kevin Manning had to ask the Godolphin-owned chestnut a few questions going into The Dip but he gradually pulled away to beat stablemate Leitir Mor by two and three-quarters of a length, with Aidan O'Brien's George Vancouver in third.

"My previous four Dewhurst winners were pretty smart but this one is right up there with them," said Bolger afterwards.

"I never had any concerns. He has a lazy style of running -- Kevin had to wind him up -- but he got there in the end. He's capable of ruling the roost."

Owner Sheikh Mohammed later confirmed that Dawn Approach will remain in the care of Bolger next season.

Meanwhile, Aaim To Prosper created history by becoming the first horse to win the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket for a second time.

The Brian Meehan-trained eight-year-old (66/1) has not been victorious since he struck in this race in 2010, but cashed in courtesy of a never-say-die ride by Kieren Fallon.

Countrywide Flame (7/1 fav) looked like collaring Aaim To Prosper, but Meehan's charge held on by half a length.

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