Ballydoyle’s sole representative in this Saturday’s Emirites Airline Champion Stakes, Await The Dawn, looks like taking his chance in the 1m 2f contest, even though the Giant’s Causeway colt has yet to tackle Group 1 company.
Last of seven behind fellow rival Poet’s Voice in the DFS Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on only his second run as a two-year-old, the horse has been given plenty of time to mature and his first run of the season didn’t take place until 22nd August, when an easy winner at Cork.
Two weeks later Johnny Murtagh’s mount contested the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown and ran right away from a decent field to record a 9 length success, without being asked a serious question.
A top price 8/1 with Boylesports, Victor Chandler and William Hill, who are giving new online and phone customers a free bet of up to £60, Await The Dawn is bound to improve further with only four runs under his belt.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien seems pleased with the colt and recently told the Irish Times: ” The plan is that he’ll run on Saturday. we’re happy with him.”
With the likes of Flame and Glory, Cape Blanco and Rip Van Winkle kept for alternative targets the stable must be confident they have another Group 1 animal on their hands, in which case his current price could look very big come the weekend.