The Epsom Derby winner New Approach got off to the perfect start when his first Australian runner sailed home an impressive winner.
The Darley-homebred Montsegur (New Approach – Chatoyant, by Flying Spur) broke sharply and then led her rivals a merry dance to win the Joe Brown Plate over 1000m at Caulfield, running a slick 57.72 seconds.
Montsegur is out of the three-times winner Chatoyant, a half-sister to G3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Legally Bay. Montsegur has a 2011 filly by Street Sense and visited Street Cry in 2012.
New Approach made a dazzling start to his stud career with his first runners in Europe in 2012, making history when Dawn Approach, Newfangled and Tha’Ir all won juvenile stakes races at Royal Ascot.
The Champion Two and Three-year-old Colt in Europe of his year, New Approach will be represented by three yearling’s at January’s Magic Millions yearling sale; lot 429, a bay colt out of the Listed-winning Jetball mare Belle Ball to be consigned by Eliza Park (as agent), as will lot 482, a bay filly out of a winning half-sister to the Listed-winning, G1 placed The Big Chill.
The final New Approach yearling to be offered at the sale will be lot 651, a chestnut filly out of the Listed-winning Fuji Kiseki mare Just A Kiseki.
Superstar Black Caviar (Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun) became the second Australian-bred winner of the Cartier Sprinter Award in three years in London on Tuesday night.
Black Caviar’s epic win in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f) during the Royal Ascot carnival enabled her to secure enough points, plus votes from journalists and the public, to join July Cup winner Starspangledbanner (Choisir – Gold Anthem, by Made Of Gold) as a winner of the award.
Meanwhile, the progeny of Darley stallions swept the juvenile categories of the Cartier Racing Awards.
Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) joined his sire New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) as a winner of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt trophy while Elusive Quality’s (Gone West – Touch Of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor) undefeated daughter Questing (Elusive Quality – Please Sign In, by Doc’s Leader) won the fillies’ category.
Dawn Approach won his six starts as a juvenile in 2012, including the Group 1 National Stakes (7f) in Ireland, which prompted Godolphin to buy the horse off clients of the Jim Bolger stable.
The Godolphin-owned Questing’s four wins included the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies’ Mile (8f) at Newmarket in late September.
The progeny of Darley stallions looks to be set to take a big hand in the early Victorian two-year-old races after the roster dominated Monday’s juvenile trials at Cranbourne.
Darley stallions provided the winners of all four heats. The Peter Snowden-trained Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel – Arctic Drift, by Gone West) recorded the fastest time of the quartet of two-year-old trials in the process of recording a narrow win in the fourth heat of the morning.
The colt is a brother to the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Believe’n’Succeed (Exceed And Excel – Arctic Drift, by Gone West) out of the broodmare Arctic Drift (Gone West – November Snow, by Storm Cat).
First season stallion New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) has made a cracking start to his career in the northern hemisphere with the likes of star colt Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) leading the charge.
His son Mattan (New Approach – Future Choice, by Redoute’s Choice) gave a good account of himself with his win in the fifth heat of the day. McDonald Racing paid $90,000 for the colt at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Champion trainer Peter Moody produced the other two two-year-old heat winners at Cranbourne. Hard Spun (Danzig – Turkish Tryst, by Coronado’s Quest) filly Quest For Peace (Hard Spun – Classic Quest, by Coronado’s Quest) produced a smart debut effort to stroll to a two-length win in her trial.
Arsenal Power (Lonhro – Miz Nicholls, by Danehill) won the final two-year-old trial of the morning by 1-3/4 lengths.
Godolphin has moved to secure a controlling interest the first Stakes winner by its impressive young sire New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora).
New Approach’s stock made a startling impression during last week’s Royal Ascot carnival when the stallion produced three individual Stakes winners in the space of five days.
Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) caught the eye of Godolphin when the Jim Bolger-bred and trained juvenile won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes (6f) on June 19. The victory was Dawn Approach’s second at Stakes level after the colt took out the Listed Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes (6f) at Naas in Ireland on June 4.
“We are delighted Dawn Approach will race for Godolphin and look forward to seeing him race at the highest level,” Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford said.
“It is fantastic how well New Approach has started his stallion career and Dawn Approach appears to have inherited many of his qualities.”
New Approach will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park property in Victoria for $33,000 during the upcoming breeding season.
Tha’ir (New Approach – Flashing Green, by Green Desert) continued the wonderful Royal Ascot carnival for Darley stallion New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) with his win in Saturday’s Listed Chesham Stakes (7f).
Tha’ir provided the stallion with his third individual Stakes winner from just 10 runners. The Godolphin colt also posted the sire’s third Stakes winner of the Royal Ascot carnival after Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes (6f) on Tuesday while Newfangled (New Approach – Scarlet Ibis, by Machiavellian) blitzed her rivals in the Group 3 Albany Stakes (6f) on Friday.
Tha’ir got back in the field before jockey Frankie Dettori weaved a passage through the field to guide the juvenile to a comprehensive win.
“What a week for New Approach – three winners at Royal Ascot is unbelievable,” Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford told the British Horseracing Authority.
“We came here hoping we’d do well, but we are really pleased with this one.”
Young Darley stallion New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) has claimed his second Stakes winner in his first 10 runners after Newfangled (New Approach – Scarlet Ibis, by Machiavellian) comfortably maintained her unbeaten record in the Group 3 Albany Stakes (6f) at Royal Ascot.
Dawn Approach brought up his second Stakes win in Tuesday’s Group 2 Coventry Stakes (6f) at Ascot, which was the juvenile’s second Stakes success in a row.
Newfangled posted a debut win at Newmarket earlier this month but handled the jump to Stakes class easily in the Albany Stakes.
The filly dominated the race from the front, accelerating stylishly from the three-furlong mark to end the race as a contest with a furlong to run. Newfangled’s legs tired late but she still proved too strong for Agent Allison.
“She’s by New Approach and it’s wonderful to have her – it’s a huge honour,” Newfangled’s owner, Jordan’s Princess Haya – the wife of Darley owner Sheik Mohammed, said.
“It’s such an honour to be here and to win here – just to be part of it is amazing.”
Young Darley stallion New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) became a Group 2-winning sire when his precocious son Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn) outfought his opposition to win the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Jim Bolger trained New Approach to victory in the 2008 Epsom Derby (12f) before the outstanding racehorse also Irish Champion Stakes (10f) and Champion Stakes (10f) in England during his wonderful career.
Dawn Approach earned his sire’s first Stakes victory in the Listed Rochestown Stakes (6f) at Naas before Bolger, who also bred the colt, took on English competition for the first time with impressive results.
Dawn Approach raced just off the pace before proving too gritty for his opposition, despite racing greenly in the closing stages, to beat Olympic Glory (Choisir – Acidanthera, by Alzao).
“He has everything,” Bolger told the Racing Post. “He has pace, stamina, looks, temperament – there’s no holes in this fella. I don’t see him going beyond a mile and I don’t want him going beyond a mile.
“I’ll probably give him a little break and then maybe the Futurity Stakes and the National Stakes. If I can find a space, then maybe the Dewhurst Stakes and there’s maybe Longchamp. He’ll have three more runs.”
New Approach will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park property for $33,000 (inc GST) in the 2012 breeding season.
Darley stallion New Approach earned his first Stakes victory in Ireland - Photo courtesy Darley
Young Darley stallion New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) earned the first Stakes success of his short career when Dawn Approach (New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) in the Listed Rochestown Stakes (6f) at Naas.
New Approach claimed the 2008 Group 1 Epsom Derby (12f) among his five successes at the highest level. Jim Bolger prepared New Approach throughout his 11-start career and is the trainer and breeder of Dawn Approach.
Dawn Approach on the speed but did not have everything his own way for most of the race as the runner-up Mister Marc provided tough competition for the unbeaten juvenile until the last half-furlong, where the winner drew away to score by 2-3/4 lengths.
UK bookmakers have cut Dawn Approach’s quote for the Group 2 Coventry Stakes during the Royal Ascot carnival but Bolger could decide to step the colt up to seven furlongs in the Listed Chesham Stakes, which will also take place during the famous June racing festival.
New Approach has covered three books of mares at Darley’s Victorian property at Northwood Park. The stallion will return to Australia for the 2012 season to stand at a fee of $33,000, which includes GST.
Dawn Approach (2 c New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, by Phone Trick) came away to land the Tally Ho Stud European Breeders’ Fund Maiden (5f) at the Curragh on Sunday, the opening two-year-old race of the season in Ireland, and gave New Approach a first winner with his first runner as a stallion.
The Jim Bolger-trained colt was sent off as the evens favourite, having been available at 7-4 first thing in the morning, and he clearly knew what was expected first time up as he came home a length and three-quarters to the good under a fairly gentle introduction.
Bolger, who trained New Approach to win the 2008 Epsom Derby Derby and bred Dawn Approach, said: “He is more laid-back than his father and had to be dragged around the parade ring beforehand.
“I have about a dozen New Approach juveniles and the more I can get the better. I have quite a few very good-looking juveniles.
“I won’t get carried away with this but he will step up now and he will get a good deal further too.”
Darley shuttle sire New Approach (Galileo) was in demand on the second day of the Goffs Orby Yearling sale in Ireland on Wednesday when Shadwell securing a New Approach filly for ‚Ç¨350,000.
The filly is¬†a half-sister to recents Group 3 Desmond Stakes winner Future Generation (Hurricane Run). Charlie Gordon-Watson was the underbidder, shaking his head at ‚Ç¨350,000. She was sold by The Castlebridge Consignment and is from the family of Cassandra Go.
Shadwell paid¬†‚Ç¨340,000.¬†for a¬†Arch filly, a sister to US Grade 1 winner Prince Arch, and a half-brother to the National Stakes (G1) winner Kingsfort. Brian Meehan, taking instructions on the phone and standing with Hugo Merry, was the underbidder, putting in a very late bid at ‚Ç¨320,000. Gold immediately responded with a bid of ‚Ç¨340,000. She was sold by Airlie Stud.
The sale continues.