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Dawn Approach is paraded before the Derby

Dawn Approach: will drop back in trip following Derby flop

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Bolger has no immediate plans for Dawn Approach

DAWN APPROACH is unlikely to be seen in action again for some time, confirmed trainer Jim Bolger, after he trailed in last of the 12 runners in Saturday's Investec Derby.

The colt will drop back in trip following his dramatic failure at Epsom on Saturday when he exploded into action soon after the start and raced far too freely before trailing in last behind Ruler Of The World.

Speaking on Monday Bolger said: "Dawn Approach collided with another horse jumping out of the stalls and that seemed to set him alight. You wouldn't expect something like that to happen to a horse who had raced seven times before Saturday, but it did and that's why he refused to settle and didn't run his race.

"He definitely won't be going to Ascot and we'll wait a while and give him time before running him again. He's in the Sussex Stakes [at Goodwood]  but there are no plans as such at this stage other than that he will be dropping back in distance."

Bolger reported that Loch Garman, who finished tenth in the Prix du Jockey Club on Sunday, was injured in the Chantilly event.

He said: "Loch Garman was struck into early in the race and suffered a fair bit of damage behind. He won't be seen out again for some time. He was sutured at the racecourse and was very sore this morning."

Andy Oliver, trainer of First Cornerstone, the other Irish-trained runner in the Prix du Jockey Club in which he finished 15th under Frankie Dettori, said on Monday: "Unfortunately, the race proved a non-event for our horse and didn't work out at all as we had hoped.

"We'll get him home and have him fully checked out and until that happens there is no point in talking about possible plans. It was all very disappointing."

 
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