Dawn Approach ready for Royal Ascot Challenge

Dawn Approach is in great shape according to Jim Bolger as he prepares to win at Ascot for a third time when he lines-up for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner has recovered from sickness which followed his disappointing run in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August.

Jim Bolger's 2000 Guineas hero has been successful in two previous visits to the Berkshire track, in the Coventry Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes, and aims to make the tally three in Europe's richest mile race on Saturday.

Winner of his first seven starts and eight races in all from 11 starts, the three-year-old colt is on a recovery mission after it was discovered he was sick after finishing unplaced behind Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville earlier this Autumn.

"Dawn Approach is very well and we are very happy with him," according to Bolger.

"I am hopeful that he will be able to cope with the softer ground but we won't be sure until after the race."

French star Cirrus des Aigles is a hot favourite as he bids to win his second QIPCO Champion Stakes. Godolphin representitive Farhh is likely to be on the heels of the favourite come Saturday.

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