Al Dasim Secures Five-Timer in G3 Turf Sprint

The hugely progressive three-year-old Al Dasim (Ire) (Harry Angel {Ire}) extended his winning streak to five with his first black-type success in the G3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint.

Racing just behind the pace on the far side of the straight under Mickael Barzalona, the George Boughey-trained colt stalked leader Miqyaas (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) before gradually reeling him in two out and taking the lead inside the final furlong. 

Miqyaas held on to take second for Rashid Boursely, finishing more than two lengths behind the winner, and holding off a tightly-bunched pack which included third-placed Thunder Of Niagara (Ire) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) and Equilateral (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) in fourth.

With three trainers to his name already in his young life, Al Dasim won a Windsor maiden over the minimum trip last July for Kevin Philippart de Foy and, once switched to Boughey, claimed another two victories on the Wolverhampton Polytrack. He is now unbeaten in his three starts at Meydan, all over six furlongs, and is likely to head next to the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on the Dubai World Cup card.

“He has just kept improving,” Boughey said. “I had hoped for a better draw but he was very tenacious through the race. Mickael Barzalona has galloped him out here every week and he has just really got him to relax. He has matured and is now a very straightforward ride. My assistant Ryan King has done a great job with him out here.”

Asked about Al Dasim’s likely participation in the Al Quoz, the trainer added, “I think it has to be [his next race]. It’s obviously a big step up. Dare I say it, he’s a very sound and sound-minded horse so we’ll see how he comes out of this and look at taking them on.”

Pedigree notes

Al Dasim becomes the first group winner from the first crop of Harry Angel. Bred by Lady O’Reilly’s Skymarc Farm, his dam Dance Hall Girl (Ire) (GB) raced and won in the breeder’s colours and is the dam of seven winners, including the Listed Flying Scotsman S. winner and Dewhurst fourth Tashweeq (Ire) (Big Bad Bob {Ire}). Dance Hall Girl is in turn out of Dawn Raid (Ire), a Docksider half-sister to the dual Guineas winner Bachir (Ire) (Desert Style {Ire}). Now 16, the mare’s youngest offspring is a juvenile filly by Ten Sovereigns (Ire). She was covered last year by Magna Grecia (Ire).

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