New Approach Stallion
New Approach Stallion

New Approach (Galileo)

(Photo : Darley)

“First two-year-old race in Europe”

With the first two-year-old race in Europe taking place on Sunday, bookmakers Stan James have updated the odds on their market for the leading first season sire. Darley’sNew Approach (Galileo), whose Jim Bolger-trained son, Dawn Approach, could get him off to a flyer in the Tally-Ho Stud-sponsored maiden, is the favourite at 11/8, with Sakhee’s Secret (Sakhee) at 4/1, and Raven’s Pass (Elusive Quality) and Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill) both on 9/2. Newsells Park Stud’s Mount Nelson (Rock Of Gibraltar) is 12/1, while Tamayuz (Nayef) is 14/1.

Joseph Burke of Stan James, explained his company’s pricing, saying, “Numerically, Duke Of Marmalade is the best represented first season stallion for 2012, with 126 to run for him, but as New Approach was a far superior two-year-old, we would expect him to set the pace. Furthermore the median for the New Approach yearlings was phenomenal, hence we conclude that New Approach is a worthy favourite at this stage.”

“Sakhee’s Secret has 93 to run for him. Whilst he was a top sprinter, it does not necessarily follow that his stock will be precocious, however they have been well distributed amongst competent trainers, so we expect him to have a good year. Of course, as a racehorse, he finished in front of the first two in last year’s competition, Dutch Art and Red Clubs when winning his July Cup, so his chances of success are obvious.”

“Raven’s Pass is an interesting prospect and similar in many ways to New Approach in that he was a top two- year-old and three-year-old and reports of his stock have been encouraging, plus they sold well.”

“Duke Of Marmalade comes from a fantastic stallion producing family and is without doubt the best bred of those with first crop runners in 2012. He has such a vast number of representatives to run for him that he already has a head start; if just 25% of his crop won for him, that would be enough to take this title most years.”

“I have left out Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo), as despite the fact that Aidan O’Brien has six or seven of them, overall I don’t think he will have enough representatives on the ground in the United Kingdom and Ireland to make an impact in terms of numbers.”

“We have done our job, so now its a matter of sitting back and seeing if money talks for one particular stallion prior to the first two-year-old race of the season.”

Extract from European Bloodstock News