French doubts over Dawn Approach

By Simon Clifford.

With Epsom only a few days away it’s time to start picking out a few wagers to have at the big showpiece.

The media have been trying to play down Dawn Approach as a horse that won’t stay, but the more I sit back and look at the Epsom Derby and the challengers the same questions are asked of the leading contenders every year. Will they stay? What’s the breeding like? Will they cope with the undulations of the Epsom Downs?

One thing for sure is that the French contender’s trainer Andre Fabre, who is known for his assault on the English racing’s gems, doesn’t seem too worried about Dawn Approach. He thinks he’s beatable as they are question marks about the breeding. His own horse, Ocovango has being hyped up a lot in the weeks running up to the Derby, but it’s very hard to gage the form all the French horses.

“The horse himself is in in very good shape. He won easily his first two races. I’m just a little bit worried that he has not a lot of experience at two, another race would have been ideal,” said Fabre.

Pour Moi, who won the Epsom Derby when he beat the Queen’s horse Carlton House, was Fabre’s first winner in the showpiece.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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