Immediately after the Derby, both Bolger and Crisford were adamant that Dawn Approach would not appear at Ascot. Yesterday, a post from trainer Jim Bolger on the Godolphin website revealed that the 2000 Guineas winner could almost certainly be back in action next week. He said, “He's been left in the St James's Palace Stakes and subject to a satisfactory piece of work on Thursday, he is an intended runner.”
Racing manager Simon Crisford added, “Jim is very happy with how Dawn Approach has done since the Derby and he is keen to let him run at Royal Ascot if everything continues to go well with his preparation between now and the race on Tuesday. We had a discussion this morning and decided to let him run if he pleases in his work on Thursday. Jim has been delighted with how relaxed Dawn Approach has been in his training.”
Bolger said that he had expected the horse to take longer to recover from Epsom, but as he had perked up in the last few days there was no reason to delay a return to racing. BetVictor and Coral were initially the least concerned about his return, installing him at 7/4 with Ballydoyle rival Magician 6/4 favourite. There were plenty of takers at that price, and they quickly moved inline with the other firms to make Dawn Approach their race favourite.