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Dawn Approach: given a second entry in the Investec Derby

Dawn Approach: the unbeaten colt is bang on course for Newmarket

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Bolger: Dawn's Guineas approach has been great

DAWN APPROACH, the runaway favourite for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, came through a miserable winter and one of the coldest springs in living memory without missing a single day of exercise.

His trainer Jim Bolger on Monday revealed how trouble-free the 11-8 favourite's preparation for Newmarket has been.

"We've had a clear run with him since the Dewhurst Stakes last year - no hiccups," he said.

"We've had no hitches whatsoever. We had very little frost and he has never missed a day's exercise. He came in his coat very quickly - he had a good coat on him about five weeks ago.

"He is a big horse - 500 kilos. He's about eight kilos heavier than at Newmarket, but he will give us back two before the Guineas. I would be happy with his development, he is a much stronger horse this year."

Dawn Approach was unbeaten in six races at up to 7f last season, culminating in electrifying back-to-back Group 1 wins at the Curragh and Newmarket, but Bolger said he could have the ability to get 1m4f.

"On pedigree he could get a mile and a quarter. He's a very laid back horse. Sheikh Mohammed mentioned it after the Dewhurst and I have been thinking about it all winter. I think his style of racing he could get a mile and a half and if he does get a mile and a half he'll do serious damage," he said.

Dawn Approach is the son of Bolger's 2008 Derby winner New Approach and the trainer said the three-year-old was shaping up to be at least as good.

"He's on a par with the best horses I've had at home but we won't know until I get him to the track [if he's the best]," he said.

"He's more rounded than his sire but then his sire could be a lot harder on himself. This fella is very straightforward."

Dawn Approach is a best-priced 12-1 with Ladbrokes for the Investec Derby.

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