A new Dawn as rookie sire Approach bags his first winner
Son Haddaf scores by four lengths at Newcastle
Darley's Dawn Approach passed the first significant milestone of his second career at Newcastle on Saturday when his son Haddaf gave him a maiden success as a sire.
The two-year-old colt, trained by James Tate and bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, is the seventh foal out of the 14-year-old Group 1-placed Cozzene mare Deveron - making him a half-brother to four winners, including the Listed scorer Lamar. Deveron herself is a sister to the Canadian Grade 2 winner Windward Islands and Listed winner Hunter Cruise. Further back it is the family of Grade 1 winner Capote Belle.
Haddaf, offered at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, was knocked down to agent Armando Duarte with a bid of 85,000gns. He had already become the first stakes performer by his sire when a close third behind Havana Grey in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown and, back in the company of maidens on Saturday, landed the odds by four lengths.
Dawn Approach, a seven-year-old son of New Approach, went unbeaten during a six-race two-year-old campaign, with victories in the Coventry Stakes, National Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes seeing him crowned champion juvenile in 2012. He raced on at three, adding further top-flight success to his CV with an impressive five-length win in the 2,000 Guineas and a gutsy display in the St James's Palace Stakes.
Dawn Approach was bred by his trainer Jim Bolger out of the Phone Trick mare Hymn Of The Dawn, and is from the family of multiple US Grade 1 winner Miss Oceana.
He retired to Darley's Kildangan Stud in 2014 at a fee of €35,000 as the winner of eight of his 12 starts and £929,217 in prize-money.
Saturday's success will be a timely boost for those breeders that have supported him, with his last three books including 152 mares in 2015, 146 in 2016 and 145 in 2017, when he stood at a fee of €30,000.