Approach set for Marois appearance
Dawn Approach is "an intended runner" in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.
Jim Bolger's high-class colt only raced last Wednesday, when he finished second in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, but is one of 16 horses in the shake-up at the latest forfeit stage. Godolphin-owned Dawn Approach was put through his paces on Wednesday morning, which was enough to convince connections he is ready to make a swift return in France.
Racing manager Simon Crisford on Wednesday told www.godolphin.com: "Jim is very pleased with how Dawn Approach came out of the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
"If all goes well with him between now and Sunday, he is an intended runner in France. Dawn Approach had an easy blowout this morning and we are happy with him."
Leitir Mor, Dawn Approach's customary pacemaker, could also join his stablemate on the trip from Ireland.
Aidan O'Brien's team is down to two potential candidates, with Declaration Of War, who was third in the Sussex, and Gale Force Ten still in the hat. Ballydoyle won the race 12 months ago with Excelebration.
Moonlight Cloud has been confirmed a likely runner by trainer Freddie Head following her clinical defeat of Lethal Force in the Prix Maurice de Gheest last Sunday. French Derby winner Intello is one of two Andre Fabre-trained runners, the other being Prince D'Alienor, still engaged.
A strong British contingent is spearheaded by Deauville specialist Elusive Kate, who was so impressive in the Prix Rothschild towards the end of July. Trainer John Gosden has also left in Gregorian, who was fifth in the Sussex. Aljamaaheer, Burwaaz, Famous Poet and Olympic Glory are others of note.
Toronado, Dawn Approach's Goodwood nemesis, has been taken out of the Group One over a mile by Olympic Glory's trainer, Richard Hannon. The trainer reports Olympic Glory in top form ahead of his return to the track. He has had a break since disappointing in the French Guineas but thrived in a Sunday workout under the supervision of Frankie Dettori.
Dettori will partner Olympic Glory in the Marois as he is now retained by the horse's owner, Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.
The Wiltshire handler told his website, www.richardhannon.co.uk: "He is in tremendous form, and the work he did over a mile at Everleigh on Sunday was outstanding. Frankie Dettori came down to ride him and he was even more animated than usual afterwards.
"Hughesie (Richard Hughes) rode Havana Gold, and the pair of them went a terrific lick up at Everleigh - Frankie didn't stop smiling for five minutes. Obviously, the Deauville race is going to be red hot, what with Intello, Moonlight Cloud and maybe even Dawn Approach, but Olympic Glory has really benefited from his break and is in top order."