Ante-post favourite Dawn Approach heads a list of 24 horses for the Guineas
Last Updated: 24/04/13 2:06pm
Dawn Approach: Tops entries for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas
Ante-post favourite Dawn Approach heads a list of 24 horses left in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at the latest acceptance stage.
The Jim Bolger-trained colt, owned by Godolphin, has been top of the betting after going through his two-year-old campaign unbeaten.
His six successes culminated in Group One triumphs in the Vincent O'Brien Stakes at the Curragh and the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Godolphin currently have a second string to their bow in outsider Steeler, trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, who faces a British Horseracing Authority hearing over the use of anabolic steroids. This horse, who was in the care of Mark Johnston last season, is not part of the inquiry.
Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien retains a strong hand in the colts' Classic, with Mars, Cristopher Colombo, George Vancouver and Lines Of Battle, while Bolger has also left in Leitir Mor.
Richard Hannon leads the home defence in the shape of last week's trials winners Toronado, who lifted the Craven, and Greenham scorer Olympic Glory - who is more likely to run in the French Guineas - as well as recent Lingfield Listed victor Van Der Neer.
Marco Botti is willing to give Moohaajim another chance after he was only third to Olympic Glory at Newbury, while there are two French challengers remaining, Penny's Picnic and Style Vendome.
The last Northern-based winner was the Johnston-trained Mister Baileys in 1994 but Richard Fahey aims to put that straight when he sends Garswood back to Newmarket following his win in the Free Handicap.
"He's in great nick and has come out of the race well," said the North Yorkshire handler. "We were hoping he'd do what he did because he'd been working better than any horse we'd ever had at home. The way he travelled through the race, he does that all the time at home.
"It wouldn't be right to say we were shocked with how he won because we see it all the time but we were delighted to get it over with if that makes sense. To see him do it on the track how he does it at home is a relief. We'll see how he gets on in the Guineas now."