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  • 15:50 Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes 1m

  • (205th Running) (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £400,000 added 3yo 13 ran
  • Winner £226,840 2nd £86,000 3rd £43,040 4th £21,440
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 35.84s
  • Off time: 15:50:55

Favourite Dawn Approach is brilliant winner of QIPCO 2000 Guineas

Last Updated: 04/05/13 4:33pm

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Dawn Approach: Brilliant winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas

Dawn Approach: Brilliant winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas

Dawn Approach handed Godolphin a timely boost when running out a brilliant winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas

Sheikh Mohammed's operation have been at the centre of the recent anabolic steroids drama with trainer Mohammed Al Zarooni banned for eight years and his Moulton Paddocks stabled locked down by the team.

However their royal blue colours were back in the Classic winners' enclosure after a brilliant performance from the Jim Bolger-trained colt.

He came through to challenge with market rival Toronado entering the final quarter of a mile and the 11/8 favourite soon stamped his class on proceedings, going clear to stretch his unbeaten record to seven with a five lengths success.

Toronado faded tamely inside the final furlong and it was left to 150/1 outsider Glory Awaits to take second ahead of the fast-finishing Van Der Neer (20/1) in third.

Sky Bet have slashed Dawn Approach to 2/1 (from 10s) for the Investec Derby at Epsom.

Bolger said: "He was very impressive, we're very happy with him and he galloped right to the line.

"I don't know about the Derby, Sheikh Mohammed and myself said we would sleep on it and take it from there.

"If he wants to go, I'd be very happy to. We have to see how he comes out of this but he's hardy and I'm sure he'll be fine. I'm sure he can only improve from here as that's his first time on a racecourse this year."

Manning was similarly impressed with Dawn Approach's performance, adding: "He's a very special horse, he's done it very easy and travelled very well throughout the race. I didn't want to get there too soon and when I asked him to quicken, he just picked up."

When asked about the colt's ability to stay the mile-and-a-half trip in the Investec Derby, he said: "It's another day's work. He's got a fantastic temperament, he was cruising here and he's very easy to switch off in a race. If he's going to get the trip, he's got the temperament for it."

Sheikh Mohammed was making his first trip to the track since the Mahmood Al Zarooni drugs scandal to see Dawn Approach.

He said: "I'm very, very happy to come and see a good horse winning the Guineas and I think he is a great horse."

Sheikh Mohammed was asked if he had thought about bypassing a trip to Newmarket in light of former Godolphin trainer Al Zarooni's eight-year ban after admitting administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care.

He said: "I always face a challenge."

When asked about the British Horseracing Authority investigation into the incident, Sheikh Mohammed replied: "That's up to them."

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