Europe’s leading 2-year-old, Dawn Approach, will put his unbeaten record on the line against five opponents Oct. 13 at
The seven-furlong test is a key indicator for the next season’s classics and is the headline event at the
Dawn Approach is from the first crop of New Approach, who took the 2007 Dewhurst before winning the 2008 Vodafone Derby (Eng-I).
Dawn Approach is the early favorite for the 2013 Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and could further boost his credentials with a Dewhurst win. He comes into the race with five victories from as many lifetime starts, including the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Ire-I) on Sept. 15 at the Curragh in his most recent start for trainer Jim Bolger.
The chestnut colt won his first three career starts in
Bolger, who has won four of the six most recent editions of the Dewhurst, also will send out Go and Go Round Tower Stakes (Ire-III) winner Leitir
Other contenders include Khalid Abdullah’s homebred Ashdan, a highly regarded Dansili colt who steps up to group I competition following convincing wins in his career debut in August at Newmarket and a conditions race on Sept. 14 at Doncaster for trainer John Gosden.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has two entrants: Coolmore and partners’ George Vancouver, a Henrythenavigator colt who finished second to Middle Park favorite Reckless Abandon in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) in August at Deauville, then sixth to Leitir Mor in the Round Tower on Sept. 9 at the Curragh; and maiden winner The Ferryman, a Galileo colt.
Funk Soul Brother, a Cockney Rebel colt trained by