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DUBAI DEWHURST STAKES G1
Newmarket, Turf 1400m
13 October 2012
It was a case of business as usual in Saturday’s G1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket as Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach) took his perfect record to six and led home a one-two for trainer Jim Bolger, who was annexing a fifth renewal in seven years.
Racing in third early off the strong tempo forced by his pacesetting stable companion Leitir Mor (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor), the September 15 G1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes winner took a few strides to reach top gear with a quarter mile remaining, but after passing his barnmate just inside the final furlong, stretched away for a comfortable 2 3/4-length score.
In a break from tradition, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced afterwards that the winning 3-10 favorite would stay with his current trainer despite carrying the royal blue. “Sometimes, we change,” Dubai’s ruler said of the unprecedented shift in policy. “It is a great day and we are very happy. We hope he will be back here for the 2000 Guineas, but the trainer will see if he’s a Derby horse.”
“We’ve been fortunate over the last few years to have such good 2-year-olds, and he’s just another one of those,” jockey Kevin Manning said. “We went a proper pace and it never dropped, and two-down he hit that flat spot he always does, but I knew there was plenty there, and when he hit the rising ground he went away. He’s very straightforward to ride - he has a great cruising gear and you can do anything you like on him. He ticks all the boxes, and he’s much easier to deal with than his father, who had a bit of temperament about him and had to be ponied to the start. It’s been a long year for him, but he’s kept progressing and strengthening up all the time. He had a busy time up to Ascot, but afterwards it was a nice break for him, and he did very well at The Curragh last time. It is very hard to say at this stage, but I have no doubt that he will get further than a mile next year.” Bolger simply stated, “He’s capable of ruling the roost.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News