At the end of July two sons of New Approach were first and third in the Group 1 Bayerisches Zuchtrennen with Elliptique proving victorious over Potemkin, but on Sunday 6 November the roles were reversed as Potemkin won his first Group 1 in the 2,000 metre Premio Roma. Coming into the race on the back of a victory in France in the Group 2 Prix Dollar, the improving five-year-old handled the heavy conditions well to beat Robin Of Navan by one-and-a-half lengths with a further five-and-a-half back to Elliptique in third.
Potemkin was bred by Gestut Fahrhof and is out of the Stakes-placed mare Praia, a half-sister to Champion juvenile and Group 1 winner Paita.
New Approach, who is standing this coming season at a fee of £30,000, has sired 13 lifetime Group 1 performers including Classic winners Dawn Approach, Talent and May’s Dream in Australia. This season he has Group 1 winners Elliptique and Potemkin as well as Prix du Cadran place-getter Nearly Caught and Australian Derby runner-up Etymology.