Will he or won’t he stay? That has been the question on everyone’s lips ahead of Dawn Approach’s bid to secure a second British Classic at Epsom. The volatile nature of Jim Bolger’s runner on Derby day shows that there are very much two different trails of thought.
A stand-out 7/4 with Ladbrokes this morning, the New Approach colt was then backed into 11/8, and then pushed out to 6/4, but has since come back into 11/8 in what is turning into an intriguing race market.
With Aidan O’Brien running five, the favourite’s stamina is sure to be put to the test. But connections of Dawn Approach seem confident that his laid back style of running will ensure the three-year old will have plenty left in the tank as they come round Tattenham Corner.
Of the aforementioned O’Brien runners, Ruler of the World is the one that has seen a steady amount of support, which has cemented his place as third favourite of the Epsom showpiece.
Battle of Marengo, mount of Joseph O’Brien has seen his odds pushed out from 4/1 in the morning to 6/1, with the laboured nature of his Group 2 victory at Leopardstown last time out seemingly putting many off.
Of the bigger priced horses David Wachman’s Galileo Rock has seen plenty of support to challenge for the places. A staying on third at Sandown last time out has seen his odds cut to 33/1 with the view that stamina could be just his forte.
One of only three British trained horses in the field, Libertarian heads the home charge. Elaine Burke’s Dante winner has the ground in his favour and looks to be assured of stamina. His price remains 16/1, but it won’t take much for the leading domestic hope to shorten.
Many have stated “if he stays, he wins”, and come 4:15 this afternoon, the question of Dawn Approach’s stamina will have been answered and we could have another double Classic winner on our hands.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing