Approach given Derby go-ahead

Trainer Jim Bolger confirmed Qipco 2000 Guineas hero Dawn Approach will be aimed towards the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 1.

The unbeaten juvenile produced a brilliant performance to win the first Classic of the season on Saturday by five lengths.

Godolphin’s colt will now bid to emulate his sire, New Approach, who claimed the Derby five years ago.

Bolger said: “Dawn Approach has come out of the 2000 Guineas in excellent shape and I couldn’t be more pleased with him. I am now looking forward to running him in the Investec Derby at Epsom.”

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford told “It has been agreed that Dawn Approach should run in the Investec Derby on June 1.

“His temperament and demeanour are excellent and he relaxes in his races which means he has a better chance of seeing out the mile and a half.”

Meanwhile hopes of Aidan O’Brien’s Kingsbarns making it to the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 1 appear to be receding.

The unbeaten colt went into winter quarters as favourite for the premier Classic after a smooth success in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, where he beat subsequent 2000 Guineas third Van Der Neer.

He suffered a setback in March and the Ballydoyle trainer has been facing a race against time, conceding “he is probably not going to make it there”.

Speaking at the Curragh, O’Brien said: “We are struggling and he’s not going to be fit to run at Chester or Leopardstown. He’s sound now, but he’s done so little for so long he’s like a sprinter.

“It’s probably not fair on him, but we’ll keep going and see. He’s probably not going to make it there. For those races you have to have everything go smoothly. He’s 20 kilos up on his racing weight. He’s sound and is perfect, it’s a pity but we will wait and see.”


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