Dawn Approach set for QEII swansong
THE fourth instalment in the rivalry between Dawn Approach and Toronado looks set to be the last, after Godolphin revealed their 2,000 Guineas winner was unlikely to race beyond Saturday’s Champions Day clash, for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile.
While Toronado is set to stay in training next year, Dawn Approach is more likely to retire to stud after the pair’s next contest of a head-to-head the Jim Bolger-trained colt leads two wins to one.
‘’We haven’t completely finalised plans yet but it is quite likely this could be his last race,” said Simon Crisford, Godolphin’s racing manager.
Dawn Approach, who beat Toronado in the 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, lost out to his opponent for the first time in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, then finished eight lengths behind stunning Prix de la Foret winner Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
Crisford added: “He is doing well and Jim is very happy with him. He is heading towards the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He had a break having not scoped well after coming back from Deauville, but Jim has been pleased with his progress.”
Toronado will also be heading to Ascot for the Qipco-backed £1 million Group One on the back of a defeat, having run below par when last of six in the Juddmonte International at York. Stablemate Olympic Glory, also in the ownership of Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, could join him.
“One or the other or perhaps both Olympic Glory and Toronado will go to Ascot for the QEII, but I would say it is very unlikely Sky Lantern will run there,” said trainer Richard Hannon. “She’s had a busy season and Hong Kong is her target.”