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Late entry New Approach wins English Derby ahead of Tartan Bearer

Late entry New Approach wins English Derby ahead of Tartan Bearer

At the start of the week, New Approach wasn't even going to be at the English Derby. On Saturday, Kevin Manning rode him to victory by half a length.
The Jim Bolger-trained colt pushed ahead in the final furlong to storm past Tartan Bearer (6-1) over the line. Casual Conquest, the pre-race favorite, was four and a half lengths behind in third.
Watched by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, 5-1 shot New Approach came from the rear to win his and Bolger's first English classic.
"He has got a serious, serious engine," Manning said. "He took a bit of a tug early on and got further back than I would have liked, but coming down the hill I had loads of horse and just hoped the gaps would come.
"He's just very, very classy."
Bolger initially said the two-year-old horse would skip the English classic to focus on Irish classics on home soil only to reverse the decision on Monday _ angering punters who had already bet on other horses.
"It was the biggest mistake I have made in a long time, but it was fortuitous and it has worked out for the best," the Irish trainer said. "I admitted the mistake from the word go and I don't see why people should have had such a big problem. I put my hands up and admitted the mistake."
Now Bolger just wants to enjoy the victory.
"I thought that winning the Derby would be up there with the best days, but this is the best day that I have had in racing," he said. "(Kevin) kept his calm and did everything right and didn't panic. He had a huge job managing to steer him and he did it with great style."
Casual Conquest's trainer Dermot Weld vowed to exact revenge on New Approach later this month.
"He was obviously inexperienced but for the third ever run of his career, he has come to fruition," Weld said. "I think it was a very good Derby and I don't want to take anything away from the winner who is an exceptional horse.
"The next stage is probably for a rematch in the Irish Derby."


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:32 GMT+08:00