Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

New Dawn for racing as next Frankel emerges

Apart from Frankel, Dawn Approach was the best 2000 Guineas winner in years and, unlike the former, has more than a good chance of winning the Derby.

Of course there have to be doubts on the stamina front but those reservations are balanced by the Jim Bolger-trained colt's class and ability to do things in a relaxed manner.

Victory by five lengths at Newmarket last Saturday was a welcome relief for the beleaguered Godolphin team in the wake of the Mahmood Al Zarooni drug scandal.

To think that if Bolger had not retained a 49 per cent interest in the horse he bred himself, Dawn Approach could so easily have been transferred to Al Zarooni and, like the 1000 Guineas ante-post favourite Certify, been potentially barred from running. Thankfully such a move did not happen.

Unbelievably, McLean's quoted 9/4 on Dawn Approach on Saturday morning – he was returned 11/8 favourite – while Ladbrokes paid heavily in offering to return all losing stakes on other selections if Approach won.

Epsom is next for this winner of six races who can scale the heights and more achieved by Frankel.

He will improve for what was his first race of the season and offers of 2/1 for Derby delight are well worth taking.

Depending on how forthcoming trials work out, he could start odds-on on June 1 if several of the opposition don't line up.

Toronado – a potential Group One winner – is worth an each-way saver at 16/1.

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