Article Date: 07-August-2012
The unbeaten Dawn Approach (pictured), winner of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, is set to make his debut in the Godolphin silks in next Sunday's Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
Godolphin bought into the horse after his Royal Ascot win but left the colt with Jim Bolger.
Aidan O’Brien has a tremendous record in the Phoenix Stakes and the Ballydoyle trainer can choose between Alfonso De Sousa, Cristoforo Colombo, Gale Force Ten, George Vancouver, Parliament Square and Pedro The Great.
Probably, winner of the Group 2 Railway Stakes over Irish Derby weekend, has been supplemented to the race at a cost of €19,000, while recent Goodwood winners Bungle Inthejungle and Heavy Metal are the two British trained challengers in a fascinating contest.
The Group 2 Keeneland Royal Whip Stakes on the same card has attracted 15 entries, including prolific winner Famous Name, last year’s Irish Derby hero Treasure Beach and Native Khan. Born To Sea and Light Heavy, second and third respectively behind Camelot in this year’s renewal of the Irish Derby, have also been left in the race, while Bible Belt, Tannery and the unbeaten Declaration Of War are other notable entries.
Local trainer John Oxx holds a strong hand in the Group 2 Keeneland Debutante Stakes two unbeaten fillies in Harasiya and Sinaniya to choose from. They are two of the 15 fillies remaining in the seven furlong contest which has also attracted Diamond Sky, Magical Dream and three British-trained challengers in Discernable, Jillnextdoor and Savanna La Mar.
The Group 3 Patrick P. O’Leary Memorial Phoenix Sprint Stakes, meanwhile, has attracted an entry of 22, which includes two big names from the Aidan O’Brien stable in Excelebration and Starspangledbanner.
The ground at the Curragh was described on Tuesday as yielding to soft.
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