Iron-horse Dawn Approach has maintained his superb start to the year with a front-running victory in the LR Miss Andretti Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
Set a daunting task by trainer Vaughn Sigley, he completed a winning hat-trick in a fortnight starting at Ascot on January 10. He followed up in the $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint at Mt Barker on January 18 before claiming his first black-type victory on Saturday.
“He always does his best – that’s all you want to see,” Sigley said. “He’s only finished out of the money once and that was when he was shin-sore as a two-year-old.
“I was confident after he came back from Mt Barker – he just butters up and butters up.”
Dawn Approach (Statue Of Liberty) continues the marvellous run being enjoyed by owner-breeder Alan MacAlister. He races up-and-coming star He Or She (Kendel Star) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes winner Magnifisio (Magnus).
McAlister and his wife Birgitt operate Redwood Park in Serpentine. They also own Irish bred stallion My Atacanta who has a 2yo half-sister to Dawn Approach named Delicate Miss.