Dawn ducks Phoenix mission
Friday 10 August 2012
Jim Bolger has decided against running Dawn Approach in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday as he feels ground conditions will be unsuitable.
The unbeaten juvenile was last seen landing the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and would have been a warm order had he stepped up to Group One level for the first time this weekend.
Bolger said: "I don't think the ground will be suitable for him on Sunday.
"The signs are that the weather is going to improve and I would hope conditions will be suitable for him to run in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh in a fortnight's time.
"That race was always the plan for him anyway."
Although the Godolphin-owned Dawn Approach will be staying at home, Bolger will still be represented in the six-furlong contest by Wexford Opera and Leitir Mor.
Wexford Opera takes a huge jump in class, having finished second in a Leopardstown maiden on his only start, while Leitir Mor remains a maiden after six starts and was seven lengths behind Dawn Approach in the Coventry.
"Wexford Opera is a horse I like and I hope he can run a good race. If Leitir Mor can reproduce his Coventry run that would get him into the money," said Bolger.
Aidan O'Brien has saddled 11 previous winners of the Phoenix Stakes and is this year represented by Coventry third Cristoforo Colombo, the hat-trick-seeking Parliament Square and Pedro The Great.
David Wachman supplemented Probably following his course-and-distance victory in the Railway Stakes, while Mick Channon's British raider Bungle Inthejungle, Scrapper Blackwell and Lottie Dod complete the nine-runner field.