Guineas Double for Irish Bred Horses

07 May 2013

Guineas weekend at Newmarket saw a clean sweep for Irish bred horses as they landed both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas. On Saturday DAWN APPROACH (IRE) was produced in fantastic fettle by his breeder Jim Bolger to impressively win the Qipco 2,000 Guineas preserving his perfect race record which now reads seven from seven. Last year’s World Champion 2yo was never far from the pace and when TORONADO (IRE) went for his race two furlongs out Kevin Manning gave DAWN APPROACH (IRE) a squeeze and the response was immediate. The further they went the stronger the son of NEW APPROACH (IRE) looked and he crossed the line five lengths clear of GLORY AWAITS (IRE).

Jim Bolger was landing his first 2,000 Guineas and he commented;

“He was very impressive. Sheikh Mohammed agreed we would sleep on it and talk about the Derby in a few days but we wouldn´t be ruling anything in or anything out. I would be very happy to go but we have to see how he comes out of this. He´s hardy and I´m sure he´ll come out of it well."

DAWN APPROACH (IRE) has subsequently been confirmed for the Epsom Derby where he will bid to emulate his father who claimed the race for the same trainer and jockey combination.

The 1,000 Guineas on Sunday saw another first as Richard Hughes claimed his first British Classic aboard the Irish bred SKY LANTERN (IRE). The only Group 1 winner in the field was kept out of trouble by Hughes and she pounced late on to beat JUST THE JUDGE (IRE) and MOTH (IRE) by a cosy half length. It was a great success for the Hannon team as they were quite deflated after the lack lustre run of TORONADO (IRE) twenty four hours earlier and Hannon Jnr commented;

“We knew SKY LANTERN (IRE) would need her run in the Nell Gwyn and would be 3lb better off with the winner, but were still up against it. She still hasn´t come in her coat properly and is very talented and tough. We will look at the Irish Guineas and might look at going further.”

It was a wonderful success also for Irish breeding with Irish bred fillies filling the first eight places home. The winner, a daughter of RED CLUBS (IRE), was bred by the O’Callaghan family’s Tally-Ho Stud in county Westmeath. It was also very noteworthy for Goffs as they sold both the winner and the runner up JUST THE JUDGE (IRE) at their Orby Yearling Sale. SKY LANTERN (IRE) was picked out by Ed Sackville and cost him €75,000 on behalf of owner Ben Keswick while JUST THE JUDGE(IRE) (by LAWMAN) cost BBA Ireland and Charlie Hills €50,000. Not big money by any means for Classic horses.

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