Article Date: 27-June-2012
Godolphin has bought a majority share in Royal Ascot winner Dawn Approach who is unbeaten in four starts.
The two-year-old New Approach colt, ready winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes from 21 rivals on June 19, will remain in training with Jim Bolger in Ireland this year.
He will be aimed at the top end-of-the-season races, such as the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes (formerly the National Stakes) at the Curragh on September 15 and the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 13, both run over seven furlongs.
Dawn Approach will race in Godolphin’s colours and a decision about his three-year-old career will not be made until much later in 2012.
His debut came at the Curragh on March 25 in a five-furlong maiden, which he won in good style, and then he was an easy victor of a Naas conditions race over an extra furlong on May 16.
Dawn Approach stepped up in class in the Listed Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes on June 4, also at Naas and over six furlongs, and won decisively by two and three quarter lengths.
He progressed again in the Coventry Stakes, running on well to score by three quarters of a length and more from a strong field.
New Approach, winner of the Investec Derby in 2008, has his first crop of two-year-olds this year and they have already made a tremendous impact.
Besides Dawn Approach, the stallion is responsible for two more Royal Ascot winners, Newfangled who was impressive in the Group Three Albany Stakes and Godolphin’s Tha’ir who drew clear of his rivals in the Listed Chesham Stakes.
New Approach, who was trained by Jim Bolger, stands at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket.
Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, commented: "We are delighted Dawn Approach will race for Godolphin and look forward to seeing him run at the highest level throughout his career.
"It is fantastic how well New Approach has started his stallion career and Dawn Approach appears to have inherited many of his qualities".
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