Queen Elizabeth II Stakes: Bolger upbeat over Dawn Approach

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Trainer Jim Bolger says he expects Dawn Approach to be fit to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco Champions Day in October.

The 2,000 Guineas winner finished in a surprising fifth place in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday and there were concerns over Bolger’s charge after he returned a dirty scope.

However, the trainer said he expects his charge to be recovered in around a fortnight and should be fine to go at Ascot.

“His scope wasn’t good and he’s a bit under the weather, which has been well publicised, but he should be all right in about two weeks,”  Bolger told Irish Horse Racing TV.

“We should have plenty of time to get him ready for October and the QEII is firmly on the agenda.”

Meanwhile, Bolger also revealed another of his star horses, Trading Leather, is being primed for a crack at the Irish Champion Stakes, which follows upcoming outings at York and Punchestown.

On the state of Trading Leather, Bolger added: “He’s very well after Ascot and runs at York next week [in the International] before coming back for Leopardstown. He’s the best staying three-year-old around.”


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