Dawn Approach’s sister to make debut
Jim Bolger will unveil the latest progeny out of his mare Hymn Of The Dawn, the dam of 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach, at Gowran Park this afternoon when Sweeping Approach contests the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’ Maiden (1m).
The filly is of course by another Bolger star in the shape of New Approach, the colt who was unbeaten at two before going on to land the Derby, Irish Champion Stakes and Champion Stakes.
Sweeping Approach will face 12 opponents including Magical and Rhododendron’s sister Heaven Of Heavens, who will be looking to build on her debut seventh at the Curragh last month.
The feature race of Gowran’s card is the Group 3 Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes (1m1½f), which gives the Ger Lyons-trained Who’s Steph the perfect chance to get back to winning ways following her defeat last time out in the Hurry Harriet Stakes.
Perth’s second day of the ‘Glorious Finale’ meeting takes place today while Flat meetings are staged at Newmarket, Pontefract, Chelmsford (aw) and Southwell (aw).
Newmarket’s card features the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes (7f) and this looks like an intriguing match-up between Karl Burke’s Lord Of The Lodge and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Wichita.
Lord Of The Lodge finished second behind Threat in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes last month and the way he kept on suggests that the step up to 7f will benefit him. Meanwhile the Aidan O’Brien-trained Wichita is making a quick reappearance following his second in the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes earlier this month.
Kinane strikes for No Nay Never filly
Mick Kinane was back in action at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale on Wednesday when he snapped up a No Nay Never colt for €165,000 on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
That mark saw the yearling eclipse the high of €100,000 for a Holy Roman Emperor colt set during the first day of trade on Tuesday. Bred by Philip and Orla Hore, the No Nay Never colt is from the family of Agony And Ecstasy and Medicine Jack.
Coastal Path retired from covering
Haras de Cercy’s jumps sire Coastal Path has been retired from covering duties aged 15 after suffering from fertility issues.
The son of Halling, who is a half-brother to Reefscape and Martaline, is best known as the sire of Grade 1-winning hurdler Bacardys.
Nicolas de Lageneste, who owns Coastal Path with Pierre Julienne, told Jour de Galop: “Coastal Path is in great shape, he has a good libido, but unfortunately he suffers from a testicular degeneration that affects his fertility.
“Out of respect to the breeders who put their faith in him, we do not wish to continue with him for the purpose of breeding.
“It’s a shame because the horse had a particularly interesting pedigree, being the brother of Martaline, who has retired, and Reefscape, who suffered from infertility. His most important generations are yet to come.”