The 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach is set to return to action in the St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot after his Epsom Derby disappointment.

He was clear favourite in last month's Derby but finished last in the race.

He had been unbeaten in seven races prior to that race and has been installed as the second favourite at Ascot behind Magician.

It was said that the horse would a month or two to recover from the exertions at Epsom after he pulled his way to the front but ran out of energy at the top of the straight. It was the first time he had ran over one-mile and it was evident that the colt didn't adapt to the mile and-a-half race.

He was considered highly unlikely to feature in Tuesday's one-mile race but trainer Jim Bolger says the colt is ready.

"Subject to a satisfactory piece of work on Thursday, he is an intended runner," said Bolger.

Racing manager Simon Crisford added: "Jim is very happy with how Dawn Approach has done since the Derby and he is keen to let him run at Royal Ascot if everything continues to go well with his preparation between now and the race on Tuesday.

"We had a discussion [on Wednesday morning] and decided to let him run if he pleases in his work on Thursday.

"Jim has been delighted with how relaxed Dawn Approach has been in his training."

Dawn Approach is joined by 13 other confirmations for the Group one race alongside stablemate Letir Mor, while Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician is joined by Gale Force Ten, George Vancouver and Mars.

Toronado, Don't Bother Me, Dundonnell, Garswood, Glory Awaits, Jammy Guest, Mshawish and Mutin complete the confirmations.

Bolger co-owns the colt with Godolphin boss Sheikh Mohammed.

 

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