Dawn Approach: back at the trip he was so impressive over in the GuineasPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Dawn Approach set
for shock appearance
DAWN APPROACH, the 2,000 Guineas winner who flopped when hot favourite for the Derby, is set to make a shock return to action in Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The son of 2008 Derby winner New Approach was sent off the 5-4 market leader to add the Epsom Classic to his stunning 2,000 Guineas win, but he pulled hard early and refused to settle under Kevin Manning.
Manning sent him to the front at halfway, but the star of Jim Bolger's stable soon weakened and finished last of the 12 runners, beaten 33 lengths behind the winner Ruler Of The World.
After the race Bolger said Dawn Approach would never again run over the Derby distance of 1m4f, but no immediate plans were mentioned.
Even on Sunday Bolger revealed no targets, saying the Godolphin-owned colt was "still awesome" and would be "worth waiting for".
However, if he pleases connections on Thursday morning he will run on the opening day of the royal meeting.
Bolger, quoted on Godolphin's website, said: "He's been left in the St James's Palace Stakes and subject to a satisfactory piece of work on Thursday, he is an intended runner."
Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford added: "Jim is very happy with how Dawn Approach has done since the Derby and he is keen to let him run at Royal Ascot if everything continues to go well with his preparation between now and the race on Tuesday.
"We had a discussion this morning and decided to let him run if he pleases in his work on Thursday.
"Jim has been delighted with how relaxed Dawn Approach has been in his training."
St James's Palace Stakes
Coral: 6-4 Magician, 7-4 Dawn Approach, 9-2 Toronado, 14 Dundonnell, 16 Gale Force Ten, 20 Mshawish, Mutin, Glory Awaits, 25 Garswood, George Vancouver, 66 Jammy Guest, 100 Leitir Mor, 150 Don't Bother Me