New Approach off the mark with first runner

Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach takes the opening race of the Irish Flat season in style more »

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jim Bolger trained New Approach to be the champion juvenile of his generation and he has already played his part in the son of Galileo’s secondary career by sending out his homebred Dawn Approach to win the first two-year-old race of the European season over five furlongs at the Curragh on Sunday.

New Approach leads the first-season sires' table

Bolger, who has supported New Approach heavily at stud, has ten first-crop sons and daughters of the Darley sire in training at his Coolcullen yard. Dawn Approach is the fifth foal and second winner of the Phone Trick mare Hymn Of The Dawn. His half-brother Comadoir won over five and six furlongs as a three-year-old.

Bolger also had an influential hand in the early stud career of another of his former trainees, Teofilo, with another horse he owns and bred. Parish Hall was Teofilo’s first winner last April and went on to become his first Group 1 winner in the Dewhurst Stakes in October.

New Approach, who stands at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, was 11/8 pre-season favourite to be the leading first-season sire for 2012.

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