An elegant, creative racehorse, by anyone's standards. The highly anticipated, Dawn Approach fails to even claim a place in this year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes landing fourth. Dawn Approach bears a noble record winning the 2000 Guineas & St James's Palace Stakes to name a few. However, misfortune at the Prix Jacques Le Marois in August (Second place claimed by today's winner Olympic Glory) left some racing fans out of pocket & questioning why.
It was reported as mucus in the lung, that stifled Dawn Approach's chances in France earlier in the year & after appropriate treatment and rest, trainer Jim Bolger claimed he was ready to do battle in Saturdays meeting. Prior to the race Bolger was weary of the soft ground hampering Dawn's chances. "I am hopeful that he will be able to cope with the softer ground but we won't be sure until after the race."
Dawn Approach will now be retired and is unfortunate not to go out on a high, however, the mighty Dawn won't be forgotten anytime soon & for me, is the type of horse that keeps things interesting.
Richard Hughes fought well to get the opportunity on fellow Irish, Olympic Glory. Trapped at the back, as the pack began to string out, a gap no bigger than the horse itself, Olympic Glory blazes through. Only to be challenged by Top Notch Tonto who is well beaten in the final furlong but does well to hold onto second place.
Well done to those of you who picked a winner or two & I hope you enjoyed this weekend's racing as much as I did.