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Dawn Approach - Newmarket 04.05.2013

Dawn Approach scoped badly after his lacklustre display at Deauville

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Antibiotics for Approach after Marois failure

DAWN APPROACH began a course of antibiotics on Monday following his below-par performance in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday when he finished fifth, eight lengths behind the winner Moonlight Cloud.

Jim Bolger, who had earlier suggested his 2,000 Guineas would be rested before a tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on October 19, said: "Dawn Approach arrived home from France this morning. We scoped him and found some mucus in his lungs.

"He's on a course of antibiotics and is going to have to have a break. The plan is to have him right and ready to run in the QE II."

Another pair of Irish stars with Ascot on their radars are Rite of Passage and Sapphire, who provided their trainer Dermot Weld with a memorable double on Champions Day last year.

Rite Of Passage, who has not raced since returning from a 510 day absence to land the Long Distance Cup last year, missed out on the Ascot Gold Cup in June due to fast ground.

Speaking on Monday, Weld said: "Rite Of Passage is in good order although, as always because of his history of leg problems, it is a day-to-day process with him.

"There are no definite plans just yet but the races we'll be considering for him are the Irish St Leger and/or the Prix du Cadran with the Long Distance Cup another possible target. However, the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh will probably come a bit too soon for him."

Weld also revealed Sapphire, who took the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes, is on target to tackle that same event again.

"She was held up this year because of a training setback but we're hoping to have her back before the end of the season. If all goes well, we'd like to send her back for the Ascot race which is now a Group 1. She is a mare who relishes soft ground," he said.

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