The former European champion colt New Approach, a close relation to Lynward Park’s shuttler Alfred Nobel, has made a brilliant start to his stud career.
New Approach’s first runner, Dawn Approach, was plunged from 7/4 to even money before easily winning the Tally Ho Stud European Breeders Fund Maiden (five furlongs) at The Curragh on Sunday, the first Irish juvenile race of the year.
“I’ve got a dozen New Approach’s in work,” said leading trainer Jim Bolger after the race. “And the more I can get the better.
“I won’t get carried away but Dawn Approach will continue to step up and he will get a good deal further.”
New Approach, by Galileo, won five times at Group 1 level in 11 starts taking the English Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, English Champion Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes and Irish National Stakes. He was voted champion European two and three-year-old colt.
He stands the UK season at Dalham Hall in England and shuttles to Darley’s Australian headquarters in New South Wales.
Alfred Nobel’s grand-dam, Dazzling Park, by Warning, is a half-sister to both New Approach and the Japanese Group 1 winner and successful stallion Shinko Forest.
Dazzling Park was the champion European three-year-old filly in 1999. Her dam, Park Express, by Ahonoora, was the joint champion Irish two-year-old filly in 1985 and then became champion Irish three-year-old filly and top rated filly on the English 3Y0 Free Handicap.
It is little wonder this maternal line is rated with the best in world thoroughbred breeding.
Alfred Nobel, by Danehill Dancer, won both the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and Group 2 Railway Stakes in Ireland. He stands the UK season at Coolmore Stud’s County Tipperary base, where his first crop foals are coming in for high praise.