Champion Irish colt Dawn Approach – who has strong links to Lynward Park’s Alfred Nobel – maintained an unbeaten six-race record by taking the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes (seven furlongs) at Newmarket in England on Saturday. (October 13)
The Royal Ascot winner, who also landed the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh last month, is now 7/2 favourite (from 5/1) with Paddy Power for next year’s English Two Thousand Guineas and 10/1 favourite (from 14/1) for the English Derby.
Dawn Approach gave Bolger his fifth Dewhurst Stakes winner in the past seven years.
He also won the feature in 2007 with New Approach, the sire of Dawn Approach. New Approach went on to run second in the English Two Thousand Guineas then won the English Derby.
New Approach is from Park Express, the champion Irish 2Y0 and 3Y0 filly. She is the third dam of Alfred Nobel, winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes in Ireland.
Bolger bred both Dawn Approach and Leitir Mor, the the 2 3/4 length Dewhurst Stakes runner up. He sold Dawn Approach to Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation earlier this year.
Soon after the Dewhurst Stakes, Sheik Mohammed announced that Dawn Approach would remain with Bolger to be trained for the English Two Thousand Guineas.
“I never had any concerns,” said Bolger. “He just has a lazy style of running.
“He’s capable of ruling the roost.”
Jockey Kevin Manning described Dawn Approach as “just a real good horse.”
“I have no doubts he will go further than a mile,” said Manning, who also rode New Approach.