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Jim Bolger (right) - New Approach

Jim Bolger (right) with New Approach: the trainer saddles the stallion's first runners, Dawn Approach, in the 5f maiden at the Curragh today

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New Approach runner
on show at the Curragh

RUNNERS from the first crops by New Approach and Haatef will be bidding to get their sires off to the best possible start in the first Irish juvenile race of the season, which opens the 2012 Irish Flat season at the Curragh at 2.30pm today.

The 5f Tally Ho Stud EBF Maiden, which carries a £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus, has attracted eight entries topped by Forester, an Aidan O'Brien-trained Danehill Dancer half-brother to Group 2 winner Zinziberine who cost €260,000 as a yearling.


Jim Bolger trained Teofilo's first runner, Parish Hall, to win on his debut last season and will be hoping to repeat the trick with the first runner of another Glebe House-trained champion in New Approach. The colt in question is Bolger's homebred Dawn Approach, an April-foaled half-brother to the Grade 1-placed Galantas who is out of thePhone Trick mare Hymn Of The Dawn.

New Approach, whose five Group 1 victories for Bolger included the Dewhurst Stakes, Derby and Champion Stakes, has 90 two-year-olds to run for him this season. The son of Galileo stands at Dalham Hall Stud for £22,500.

The first runner by Group 2-winning sprinter Haatef is the Daniel O'Sullivan-trained Lake Louise. Bred by Pier House Stud, the filly is the second foal out of 1m2f winner Emmas Princess and was sold for €2,500 as a yearling.

Haatef, a son of Danzig who took the 2007 Diadem Stakes at Ascot, stands at Derrinstown Stud for €4,000.

First-season sire runners to note


Curragh 2.30: Lake Louise

New Approach

Curragh 2.30: Dawn Approach




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