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Dawn Approach Lives Up to the Hype in Coventry Stakes
19/06/12

1 Dawn Approach 7/2
2 Olympic Glory 20/1
3 Cristoforo Colombo 13/2
22 ran

Dawn Approach lived up to his tall reputation with a hard-fought victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Dawn Approach
© Caroline Norris

Dawn Approach

Trainer Jim Bolger has been misquoted - he did not say Dawn Approach is ‘the best’ juvenile he has trained, he said, ‘He is as good as any I have trained’.

Bolger clarified his view - but underlined his high opinion of the colt - following Dawn Approach’s victory in the Coventry Stakes, his fourth win in as many outings.

Bolger not only trains the winner, he bred him, having chosen to send the mare Hymn Of The Dawn to Derby winner New Approach, who he also trained. Dawn Approach carries the colours of Bolger’s wife, Jackie, although like others in her ownership the ‘for sale’ sign hangs outside his door.

Jim Bolger said: “He has everything - pace, stamina, the looks, the temperament - and there are no holes in this fellow. I don’t see him going beyond a mile and I don’t want him to. The signs say that he will only stay a mile.

“I have to keep the show on the road, so if somebody makes me an offer I can’t refuse then we would probably have to part with him. I am happy enough to have him for as long as we can have him.

“I will probably give him a little break now. He is a very gross horse, so the break won’t get to be too long. I would say the Futurity Stakes, the National Stakes and, if I can find a space alongside my other two-year-olds, maybe the Dewhurst. If he wins the National Stakes he will be a Group One winner, so if I have another horse that needs to land a Group One he might stay in his box when the Dewhurst is being run. There’s always Longchamp as well and I would hope that he will have three more runs this year. Stepping him up in trip will definitely help him.”

“He’s a bit old-fashioned, having a marvellous temperament and being fairly mature for a two-year-old. He takes everything in his stride, and given that his first three victories were fairly easily gained I wasn’t too worried about running him again. I just hoped he would run to his best.
Kevin Manning, Dawn Approach’s jockey, added: "I didn’t think that we went overly mad early on and we just built up into the race.

“Six furlongs is probably his minimum and it took him a while to hit top gear. When he found top gear inside the last furlong, it was all over.
"I think he is probably as smart a two-year-old as I have ridden. He is winning over a trip that is probably not his best and, when he steps up to seven furlongs, you will see a real horse. He was always giving us the right signals from the start and has a great temperament.

"He has got the right attitude, a great cruising gear and a turn of foot. The ground is not a huge issue and he ticks all of the boxes (for the Guineas). You’ll see more of him."

 

Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
£85,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
23 runners
Going: Good (Round Course; Good to Soft, Good places)

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Dawn Approach
J S Bolger
K J Manning
9st 1lbs
7 - 2
Winner
2
Olympic Glory
R Hannon
Dane O'Neill
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
3
Cristoforo Colombo
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 1lbs
13 - 2
Neck
4
Sir Prancealot
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 1lbs
3 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
5
Artigiano
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
3/4 length
6
Lines of Battle
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
9st 1lbs
10 - 1
1 3/4 length
7
Leitir Mor
J S Bolger
R P Whelan
9st 1lbs
66 - 1
1 length
8
Indian Jade
K A Ryan
P Makin
9st 1lbs
40 - 1
1 length
9
Master Of War
R Hannon
J Fortune
9st 1lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
10
The Taj
R Hannon
P Hanagan
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
Neck
11
Heavy Metal
M Johnston
S De Sousa
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
1 length
12
Dark Emerald
B G Powell
F M Berry
9st 1lbs
200 - 1
Short Head
13
Baddilini
A Bailey
G Baker
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
Head
14
Whitfield
J Noseda
William Buick
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
3/4 length
15
Englishman
C Hills
M Hills
9st 1lbs
8 - 1
1/2 length
16
Living Desert
J A R Toller
Kirsty Milczarek
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
1 1/2 length
17
King Dragon
B J Meehan
Martin Dwyer
9st 1lbs
50 - 1
Head
18
New Pearl
D H Brown
J P Murtagh
9st 1lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
19
Funk Soul Brother
C Hills
D Holland
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
Neck
20
Top Boy
D Shaw
J Fanning
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
1/2 length
21
Party Royal
M Johnston
M Demuro
9st 1lbs
66 - 1
7 lengths
22
Mrs Brown's Boy
R Harris
L Morris
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
9 lengths
NonRunner
Jubilee Brig
G L Moore
T P Queally
9st 1lbs
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HANNON DENIED COVENTRY GLORY

Trainer Richard Hannon was represented by four runners in the Coventry Stakes and two of them hit the frame with Olympic Glory ridden by Dane O’Neill finishing second and Sir Prancealot finishing fourth under Richard Hughes.

Sir Prancealot
© Racehorse Photos

Sir Prancealot

Olympic Glory scored impressively on his debut at Goodwood 11 days ago, while Sir Prancealot had won both his starts, including the Listed National Stakes, in great fashion. Hannon said: “I’m very happy with Olympic Glory, he has run a super race. He won very easily at Goodwood the other day, but the further he goes the better he will be and he probably wants seven furlongs or a mile now.

“We will look at the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket with him or we will wait until the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

“I think Sir Prancealot ran a good race as well, but we might drop him back to five furlongs now.”

Aidan O’Brien was equally pleased with third-placed Cristoforo Columbo and Lines Of Battle, who finished sixth.

O’Brien said: “Cristoforo Columbo ran a great race and Lines Of Battle ran well too. I am delighted with both of them.”


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