A first-crop son of juvenile champion, Derby and Champion Stakes hero New Approach (by Galileo), Dawn Approach swept through his first season undefeated in six races, including the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh and Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
He kicked off his three-year-old season with a five-length victory in the Group 1 2000 Guineas and was then sent off favourite for the Derby at Epsom. Something was clearly amiss with him that day as he was beaten long before stamina could have been an issue, and he trailed home last of the 12 runners.
Just 17 days later he reappeared at Royal Ascot where he gamely beat Toronado by a short-head in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes. That colt got his revenge with a half-length verdict in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes late the following month, and Dawn Approach appeared to be a shadow of his former self in two subsequent outings.
He is a full-brother to the Group 1-placed juvenile Group 2 scorer Herald The Dawn and a half-brother to Fainne (by Peintre Celebre), who is the dam of Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes winner and Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes third Sanus Per Aquam (by Teofilo).
His dam, Hymn of The Dawn (by Phone Trick), is a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed colt Galantas (by Tale of The Cat), and his third dam is a winning full-sister to US juvenile champion and prolific Grade 1 star Miss Oceana (by Alydar). Out of multiple Grade 2 scorer Kittiwake (by Sea Bird II), that star filly was a a half-sister to the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat scorer Kitwood (by Nureyev), who had some success as a sire, and also to two fillies of particular note.
Ivory Wings (by Sir Ivor) won a listed contest in France, was third in the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio in Italy and fourth in the Group 1 Oaks in England, at a time when fourth counted for blacktype, and her descendants include Grade 1 Spinster Stakes heroine Aruna (by Mr Freeley), Grade 2 winners Surya (by Unbridled) and Hoop Of Colour (by Distorted Humor), and 2016 Grade 3 scorer Front Pocket Money (by Uncle Mo).
Larida (by Northern Dancer), on the other hand, was a Grade 1-placed Grade 2 scorer on the track. In addition to giving us the Group 1 Coronation Stakes heroine Magic Of Life (by Seattle Slew), her descendants include the prolific South African Grade 1 star Inara (by Trippi), triple Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes winner Joshua Tree (by Montjeu), and several others who won at Group 3 or Group 2 level.
The first three generations of the distaff side of his pedigree make him somewhat hard to gauge as a potentially successful stallion, and the picture painted by the fourth generation is that it is a strong racing family, albeit one lacking any notable stallions.
He was a top-class racehorse, however, he is by a leading sire son of the mighty Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), he stands at Kildangan Stud, and, at the time of writing, some early appearing members of his first crop of 102 yearlings have been catching the eye in the ring. These are all attributes that offer encouragement.
Despite his own precocity, many of his better juveniles may be summer and autumn winners, and it would appear likely that he will get milers and middle-distance horses in time.
DAWN APPROACH (IRE) – ch.2010 – New Approach – Hymn Of The Dawn, 8 wins inc 2000 Guineas (Gr1), St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1), Dewhurst Stakes (Gr1), Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Gr1), Coventry Stakes (Gr2), Rochestown Stakes (L), 2nd Sussex Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – African Skies (by Johannesburg) Arqana Aug withdrawn
bf – Ahla Wasahl (by Dubai Destination) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chf – Aiglonne (by Silver Hawk) Arqana Aug €300,000
bf – Albaraari (by Green Desert) Goffs Oct withdrawn
chc - Alshamatry (by Seeking The Gold) Arqana Aug €52,000
chf - Amjaad (by Dansili) Goresbridge Oct withdrawn
b/brc – Anna's Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Oct 275,000gns
bf – Arabian Mirage (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Oct €110,000
bc – Arbaah (by Invasor) Tattersalls IRE Sept €75,000
chc – Aris (by Danroad) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
chf – Artisia (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls Oct 100,000gns
chc – Assabiyya (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls Oct 80,000gns
bc – Ballet Ballon (by Rahy) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc – Be Yourself (by Marchand De Sable) Arqana Aug €85,000
bf – Blue Angel (by Oratorio) Goffs Oct withdrawn
bf - Blue Angel (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Nov 20,000gns
chf – Born Something (by Caerleon) Tattersalls Oct 60,000gns
bc – Bush Cat (by Kingmambo) Arqana Aug €60,000
chf – Cherry Orchard (by King's Best) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chc – Counterclaim (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf – Crecy (by Refuse To Bend) Arqana Aug €255,000
bc – Crossanza (by Cape Cross) Goffs Oct €200,000
bc – Dance Troupe (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Oct 65,000gns
chf – Delia Eria (by Zamindar) Tattersalls IRE Sept €2,500
chf – Delia Eria (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf – Desert Sunrise (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc – Deveron (by Cozzene) Tattersalls Oct 85,000gns
brf – Dream of The Hill (by Tiger Hill) Tattersalls Oct 28,000gns
chc – Dynacam (by Dynaformer) Tattersalls IRE Sept €10,000
bc – Elle Shadow (by Shamardal) Tattersalls Oct 230,000gns
chf – Extreme Beauty (by Rahy) Tattersalls Oct 70,000gns
bf – Frangy (by Sadler's Wells) Arqana Aug not sold
bc – Garden City (by Majorien) Osarus Sep not sold
chc – Hen Night (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct 200,000gns
bf – Imeall Na Speire (by Galileo) Goffs Oct withdrawn
bf – Intapeace (by Intikhab) Tattersalls Oct 40,000gns
bf – Island Babe (by Kingmambo) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chc – Lalectra (by King Charlemagne) Tattersalls Oct 62,000gns
chc – Laqataat (by Alhaarth) Goffs Oct withdrawn
chf – Light Shine (by Dansili) Goffs Oct withdrawn
chf – Like A Dream (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Oct €40,000
chc – Liscune (by King's Best) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
chc – Mambo Halo (by Southern Halo) Goffs UK Aug £110,000
grf – Marble Silver (by Notnowcato) Goffs Oct €80,000
chf – Masaya (by Dansili) Tattersalls Oct 70,000gns
bf – Miss Corinne (by Mark of Esteem) Goffs Oct €140,000
chc – Mount Elbrus (by Barathea) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chf – Mountain Law (by Mountain Cat) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
chf - Mountain Law (by Mountain Cat) Tattersalls Nov 8,000gns
chc – Nijoom Dubai (by Noverre) Goffs Oct €90,000
chf – Out of Time (by Anabaa) Tattersalls Oct 58,000gns
chc – Pleasantry (by Johannesburg) Tattersalls Oct 140,000gns
bc – Queen of Carthage (by Cape Cross) Goffs Oct €175,000
bf – Reckoning (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
chf – Romie's Kastett (by Halling) Tattersalls Oct 32,000gns
chf – Roo (by Rudimentary) Tattersalls Oct 82,000gns
chf – Sassy Gal (by King's Best) Tattersalls Oct 65,000gns
bc – Semayyel (by Green Desert) Tattersalls Oct 26,000gns
chc – She Wolf (by Medicean) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chf – Sotka (by Dutch Art) Arqana Aug €80,000
chc – Swift Action (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs UK Aug £58,000
chc – Truly Mine (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Oct 170,000gns
grc – Under The Rainbow (by Fantastic Light) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf – Walk On Bye (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct 65,000gns
chc – Whisp (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc – Winds of Time (by Danehill) Tattersalls Oct 175,000gns
chf - Zain Al Boldan (by Poliglote) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Zibilene (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Oct not sold
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