First Australian winner for Dawn Approach

Gongs blitzes rivals to claim first southern hemisphere win for sire

Promising two-year-old filly Gongs became the first southern hemisphere winner for her sire Dawn Approach with a dominant display at Canterbury on 22 November.

Gongs shot straight to the front and led throughout to record a five and a half-length victory in the 1100m juvenile fillies race.

Bred and raced by Godolphin, trainer James Cummings was very impressed with the first-up win.

"It's lovely to see a two year-old with that sort of speed from the gate, she was in a different post code,” said Cummings.

"It's good for her sire Dawn Approach and we can now look for a nice race for her next year."

Gongs is a half-sister to stakes-placed Mesa and is the fifth winner from five foals to race out of the stakes-winning Bel Esprit mare Belcentra.

Dawn Approach has sired 13 winners from his first northern hemisphere crop, including four stakes-place-getters, a number which can be beaten only by Dabirsim. His stake-place-getters include G2 filly Mary Tudor and G3 Silver Flash third Dawn Delivers.

Dawn Approach is standing the current southern hemisphere season at Kelvinside in New South Wales at a fee of $22,000 including GST.