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Bolger Happy With Dawn Approach
Irish trainer Jim Bolger reports Dawn Approach to be in good health ahead of the £1 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (8 furlongs) at Ascot this Saturday. According to sportinglife.com, the 4-time Gr1-winning colt has recovered from an illness which sidelined him following his disappointing performance in the Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August. On that occasion Dawn Approach was beaten comprehensively by Moonlight Cloud & Olympic Glory, with the latter likely to oppose him again on Saturday. "Dawn Approach is very well and we are very happy with him," Bolger said on Tuesday morning. "I am hopeful that he will be able to cope with the softer ground but we won't be sure until after the race." The Queen Elizabeth II, Europe's richest mile race, has attracted a high-class field of gallopers in what is shaping as one of the highlights of the English flat season. The field of 17 runners includes Gr1 winners Soft Falling Rain, Declaration Of War, Sky Lantern, Toronado, Elusive Kate, Farhh, Maxios, Kingsbarns, Magician & Gordon Lord Byron.