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Dawn Approach - Newmarket 04.05.2013

Dawn Approach: the Guineas winner seems likely to head to Epsom

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Dawn 'more than likely' to run in Derby

JIM BOLGER has given the strongest indication yet that 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach will run in the Investec Derby next month.

Bolger said his dominant Classic winner was "more than likely" to run at Epsom on June 1 rather than in the Irish 2,000 Guineas the previous weekend, dismissing concerns about the colt's staying ability and revealing a decision is likely early next week.

"Sheikh Mohammed and I have agreed that we'd both sleep on it and ponder the situation and maybe talk in 48 hours," Bolger said.

"On his breeding you'd expect that he would not get it [the Derby trip of 1m4f], but because he's so relaxed and he has so much class, there is a reasonable chance that he will get it. For that reason, it probably will be decided that he'll go there."

Dawn Approach's father New Approach, also trained by Bolger, was second in the 2008 2,000 Guineas before going on to win over the longer trip at Epsom.

"He wouldn't have the stamina influence that New Approach had in his pedigree, but that doesn't mean he will not stay," Bolger told ATR.

"If New Approach had had the temperament of Dawn Approach, he'd have stayed the [Ascot] Gold Cup distance. Because he was so industrious, it was going to limit his staying ability."

Bolger ruled out the possibility of Dawn Approach, who dealt out a five-length thrashing at Newmarket, attempting an Irish Guineas-British Derby double.

"No, they're too close together now. It'll more than likely be Epsom but I have to speak to Sheikh Mohammed," he said.

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