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Curragh

  • 18:40 Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes 7f

  • (Registered As The National Stakes) (Group 1) €200,000 added 2yo 7 ran
  • Winner €116,000 2nd €38,000 3rd €18,000 4th €6,000
  • Going: Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 25.50s
  • Off time: 18:40:19

Approach set for action

View from connections ahead of Saturday's Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes at the Curragh.

Last Updated: 14/09/12 12:40pm

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Dawn Approach: Ready to make his eagerly awaited return

Dawn Approach: Ready to make his eagerly awaited return

The ante-post Qipco 2000 Guineas market leader Dawn Approach is set to make his eagerly-awaited return to racecourse action in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

The New Approach colt was last seen winning for the fourth time in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in mid-June and has missed possible engagements in the Phoenix Stakes and the Futurity Stakes in August due to unsuitable ground conditions.

He faces seven rivals for his Group One debut this weekend, including three runners from the Aidan O'Brien stable in a race registered as the National Stakes.

Of that that trio, the best is seemingly Cristoforo Colombo, who was just a length behind Dawn Approach when third at the Royal meeting.

Bolger said: "He's ready to run. All the two-year-old races in Ireland are competitive and this is no exception."

Asked if ground conditions would be suitable on Saturday, the trainer said: "We hope so."

Bolger also saddles Leitir Mor, who won the Group Three Round Tower Stakes last weekend and was second in the Phoenix Stakes earlier in the year.

Bolger said: "He'll be ensuring there is a decent pace."

Excellent Effort

Since his excellent effort at Ascot, Cristoforo Colombo has finished second in the Railway Stakes in very testing conditions and then slipped up when still travelling well in the Phoenix.

O'Brien: "He came down at the Curragh and he did come back with a bad cut behind, but he's OK now."

The master of Ballydoyle also saddles Leopardstown maiden winner Nevis, as well as Futurity runner-up Flying The Flag in the race better known as the National Stakes.

Pat Flynn's Designs On Rome is the rank outsider, but the trainer believes his youngster can outrun his huge odds.

Flynn said: "He is a horse we like a lot. We really hold him in the highest regard and I can see him running a very big race.

"I don't mind him being the outsider, all I know is that I rate him very highly and he'll go on any ground.

"We're looking forward to seeing him run."

Mick Channon's Ayaar won a Group Three in Germany last time and is the sole British representative in this seven-furlong contest.

The David Wachman-trained Probably completes the eight-runner field.

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