Unbeaten Dawn Approach rules supreme
Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday
Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo
DAWN APPROACH gave Jim Bolger his first Coventry winner, as the colt justified his home reputation and remained unbeaten from four starts.
In the build up to the race, Bolger had spoken of how the horse is as good a two-year-old as he has trained and he showed a nice attitude for Kevin Manning, quickening from just off the pace to beat the fast finishing Olympic Glory.
Stablemate Leitir Mor had cut out a strong pace up front with The Taj, with favourite Sir Prancealot settled further back in the field on the stands side.
As those who had set the gallop started to weaken, Manning came through quickly to lead, and lengthened nicely to the line from Olympic Glory, with Cristoforo Colombo third after challenging down the centre. Sir Prancealot did make progress to finish fourth.
Bolger, who trained Dawn Approach's sire New Approach to Classic glory in the 2008 Derby, said: "He has everything. He has pace, stamina, looks, temperament - there's no holes in this fella. I don't see him going beyond a mile and I don't want him going beyond a mile; that'll do me.
"I'll probably give him a little break and then maybe the Futurity and the National Stakes. If I can find a space then maybe the Dewhurst and there's maybe Longchamp. He'll have three more runs."
The Coventry often provides Classic clues for next season, and Paddy Power halved New Approach to 7-1 favourite [from 14f] for the 2,000 Guineas, with William Hill going 10-1 [from 16].