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Henrythenavigator- New App 2000 Guineas - May 08 - Edward Whitaker

Henrythenavigator (right) and New Approach will do battle once more

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

First runners for New Approach and Henry

FORMER racecourse rivals New Approach and Henrythenavigator are set to do battle once more with their first runners from their first crop, Dawn Approach and Infanta Branca, engaged in Ireland's first juvenile race of the year, the 5f Tally Ho Stud EBF Maiden at the Curragh on Sunday.

New Approach's representative is Jim Bolger's colt Dawn Approach, who runs in the trainer's wife Jackie's colours, was also bred by the County Carlow handler.

Dawn Approach is out of the Phone Trick mare Hymn Of The Dawn, who produced Comadoir, a dual-winning sprinter for trainer Jo Crowley.


Dalham Hall Stud resident New Approach had a glittering career. He was trained by Bolger to become the unbeaten champion juvenile of 2007, after which he was sold privately to run in the colours of Princess Haya of Jordan.

As a three-year-old and still under the guidance of Bolger, New approach was narrowly touched off by Henrythenavigator in both the English and Irish Guineas.

However, he went on to win the English Derby and Irish Champion Stakes before breaking the track record when winning the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

Henrythenavigator is represented by the filly Infanta Branca, who is a half-sister to three stakes winners, includingthe American Grade 2 winner Lil's Lad.

The filly is trained by Aidan O'Brien, the man who orchestrated Henrythenavigator's rise to fame.

The Kingmambo colt appeared to have the world at his feet after impressing when winning the Coventry Stakes as a juvenile; however, soft ground appeared to be his undoing when comprehensively beaten by New Approach in the Futurity Stakes.

Back on his favoured quick surface as a three-year-old, he won the English and Irish Guineas in the spring of 2008, before winning the St James's Palace and Sussex Stakes in the summer. After a long season he was narrowly touched off in both the QEII at Ascot and Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita by Raven's Pass.

 

 

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