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New Approach

New Approach
Sire Galileo
Dam Park Express
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Damsire Ahonoora
Gender Colt
Foaled 2005
Country Ireland
Color Chestnut
Breeder Lodge Park Stud
Owner Princess Haya of Jordan
Trainer Jim Bolger
Record 11: 8-2-1
Earnings £1,992,068
Currencies converted using Horseracing Authority exchange rates
New Approach is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Park Express by Galileo. He was born around 2005 in Ireland, and was bred by Lodge Park Stud.
Major wins
Tyros Stakes (2007)
Futurity Stakes (2007)
National Stakes (2007)
Dewhurst Stakes (2007)
Epsom Derby (2008)
Irish Champion Stakes (2008)
Champion Stakes (2008)
European Champion 2-Y-O Colt (2007)
European Champion 3-Y-O Colt (2008)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on November 18, 2008

New Approach (foaled February 18, 2005) is a chestnut Irish thoroughbred racehorse. He won the 2008 Epsom Derby, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes, as well as being Europe's champion two-year-old in 2007, and champion three-year-old in 2008. He retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season. He was ranked as the world's top racing thoroughbred for 2008 (jointly with Curlin by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

His three defeats were when finishing second to Henrythenavigator in both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, and when third in the International Stakes.

2007 Campaign

New Approach was unbeaten in five starts as a two-year-old. After winning on his debut in a maiden race at The Curragh in July, he followed up with a victory in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown later in the month. In August he returned to the Curragh to win the Futurity Stakes from Curtain Call, with Henrythenavigator in third. In September he won the National Stakes, defeating the future Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère winner Rio de la Plata. On his final start he travelled outside Ireland for the first time to win the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket from Fast Company, with future Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass in third and Rio de la Plata in fourth.

2008 Campaign

New Approach went to the 2,000 Guineas Stakes without a prep race and lost by a nose to Henrythenavigator. The margin of defeat was extended to 1 3/4 lengths in the Irish 2,000 Guineas later in the month. At Epsom in June New Approach produced a remarkable performance to win the Epsom Derby. Boxed in the middle of the field, he was taken to the rail and accelerated past twelve horses to defeat Tartan Bearer. He was then off the track for ten weeks before returning in the International Stakes in which he ran a disappointing third behind Duke of Marmalade and Phoenix Tower. In September, he returned to form to win the Irish Champion Stakes albeit against a moderate field. His 2008 career ended in a climax with an impressive win in the Champion Stakes in which he easily defeated Twice Over who went on to win the same race in 2009.



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