Bolger: Approach back ‘at the top of his game’ after setback

Jim Bolger reports Dawn Approach to be fully recovered from a setback and on course for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Bolger: Approach back ‘at the top of his game’ after setback

The 2000 Guineas winner scoped badly after finishing fifth to Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last month but is now pleasing Bolger and is on target for the Group One, sponsored by Qipco, over a mile at Ascot on October 19.

“All’s been well since about 10 days ago and he’s at the top of his game at the moment, so we’ll start getting him ready for Ascot shortly,” the County Carlow trainer said.

“They can’t run well with mucus. He was scoped two days before the race and he was clean and the day after the race he wasn’t.

“It’s reasonable to assume that he had mucus when he was running and that would account for his run.”

* John Gosden will study each major two-year-old race before deciding where to pitch his exciting prospect Kingman next.

The two-year-old, owned by Khalid Abdullah, is ante-post favourite for the Qipco 2000 Guineas thanks to an easy win on his debut at Newmarket followed by an emphatic victory in the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Kingman is now set to step up to Group One company before going into his winter quarters.

“He came out of it very well. He did it nicely and quickened up well off no pace and looked about in front. We’re happy,” Gosden told At The Races.

“We’ll just see where we go next. We’ve got the Jean-Luc Lagerdere, the Dewhurst and all those races. We’ll look at them one at a time.”

* Mark Johnston has been dealt a major blow with the news that stable star Universal fractured a pastern at exercise yesterday morning.

The four-year-old had made great strides this season, winning a Newbury Group Three in the spring before going to win two Group Two events at Newmarket and claim a third place at Royal Ascot.

Johnston, who is currently in America, had been lining him up for a crack at next week’s Gain Irish St Leger at the Curragh but is now just hoping Universal will be able to race again in the future.

“Universal, the highest-rated horse in our yard, fractured his pastern on the gallops this morning,” he told

“As I write this, he is travelling to Newmarket Equine Hospital where surgeon Ian Wright will operate.

“I am in Lexington, Kentucky, for the forthcoming Keeneland yearling sales and so is owner Abdullah al Mansoori. I have just spoken to him on the phone and, as he so aptly put it, we are both numbed.

“Our dreams of Group One glory for his admirably progressive horse are shattered.

“It was our intention that Universal would run in the Irish St. Leger next weekend, followed by the Canadian International and the Japan Cup. With such a tough horse, it never entered our heads that injury could stop him.

“Hearing of such an accident in the early hours of the morning, here in Lexington, brings back memories of Fruits Of Love who fractured his pelvis on the eve of the first Keeneland sale I ever attended.

“I can only dream that Universal’s accident will have such a happy outcome and that he might race successfully again.”

* Lost In the Moment came from last to first to claim the Group Two International Bosphorus Cup for Godolphin at Veliefendi in Turkey.

Mickael Barzalona was content to place the Saeed bin Suroor-trained six-year-old at the rear of the field as fellow British raider Ambivalent made a lot of the running.

Roger Varian’s filly and Nymphea battled it out up front until Lost In The Moment came with a sweeping run on the outside to grab the honours by a length. Ambivalent stuck on for second by a nose from Nymphea.

“He has run a huge race to win like that,” Bin Suroor told

“He was behind but finished well and has the class to succeed over a mile and a half though he might be better at two miles.

“Lost In The Moment seems to be improving still at the age of six. There are no plans at the moment for him but we will bring him home and see how he comes out of this victory.”

Barzalona said: “Lost In The Moment quickened well and did the job.”

Richard Hughes came from way back on Producer to snatch the spoils from fellow British rider Chil The Kite in the International Topkapi Trophy.

The latter, trained by Hughie Morrison, looked to have the race in the bag after George Baker got a dream run on the rail but Hughes had other ideas.

Richard Hannon’s charge got up in the dying strides to win by a head with White Ram only a neck away third.

Hannon’s other runner Libranno was fifth and Bin Suroor’s Quick Wit was seventh.

* Connections of Al Kazeem will hang fire on any decision about the possible participation of the five-year-old in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Trainer Roger Charlton will take into account the results of the Arc trials coming up at Longchamp next weekend before deciding on whether to go for the autumn showpiece on October 6.

He will also monitor how his triple Group One winner has taken his exertions when finishing second to The Fugue in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Charlton was happy with the run, especially following his previous effort when only third to Declaration Of War in the Juddmonte International at York last month.

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