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To say we are delighted to add the Aga Khan horse DALSHAND to our list of horses would be an understatement. We are absolutely thrilled. He hails from one of the very best and late maturing Aga Khan families, the family of the superstar Daylami and being by New Approach, who himself progressed with age, we believe there is a vast amount of untapped potential in this horse. He is very lightly raced, with just 7 career starts so far and we anticipate there being a great amount of improvement in him still to come. He has virtually his whole career ahead of him, being just 4yo.
Darley, who stand New Approach commented after his debut win: "The Aga Khan unleashed another potential top-notcher when Dalshand, a son of New Approach won the colt's version of the three-year-old debutants race. Coming to the stands side in the straight on rain-softened ground, he ran right away in the final furlong to record a five-length triumph. Bred in the purple, he is a son of the winning Doyoun mare Daltaiyma, who has already produced the Group-winning filly Daltaya, who is herself the dam of G1 Prix de l'Opera winner Dalkala. Daltaiyma is a daughter of the Listed winner Daltawa and a sibling to the Champions Daylami and Dalakhani."
Not only does his late maturing family really appeal, but the horse’s physique is that of a horse who still has plenty of filling out to do and strengthening up, he looks open to any amount of improvement still, which under David O’Meara’s peerless tutelage, should see Dalshand fulfil every ounce of the potential he clearly still has to be untapped.
We feel that to date, Dalshand has not really been afforded the opportunity to shine; his physique, his form and his pedigree all suggest that the further the distances he runs over, the better he will be. He achieved a Timeform rating of 106 at the back end of 2016 as a 3yo over distances of 1m 6f, and 1m 7f earning him an official rating of 43.5 French (96 English), yet he has spent most of his life running over 1m – 1m 4f which hasn't’t enabled him to shine, especially of late. However, he has still been running to marks in the late 80’s and early 90’s over what we perceive to be inadequate distances. He travels really sweetly in his races and really tries for the jockey and on all going conditions, but he does have a slight penchant for softer ground. We feel there is a whole heap of untapped potential if stepped up in trip to 2m+ with any amount of improvement still to come. He reminds us of the David O’Meara trained BLUE BAJAN, which David transformed from an ordinary handicapper into a Group 2 Henry II Stakes winner in a short space of time.
Possibly the reason why he has not been tried at these longer distances is that there is not a staying race programme in France other than 2 or 3 sporadic Group races at the back end of the season. Given that The Aga Khan no longer races his horse in England, it is perhaps apparent that Dalshand’s future in France is very limited in the number of staying races he can compete in and we understand this is the reason why he was sent to the sale.
However, British racing is very much set up for this kind of horse; there are no end of staying contests, such at The Cesarewitch, The Northumberland Plate, The Ebor, The Ascot Stakes and Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, The Goodwood Stakes and the Chester Cup to name just a few big handicaps, plus numerous Listed and Group races that this young, improving stayer can take in throughout his career. Oriental Fox was winning the Queen Alexandra at the ripe old age of 9yo so these classy stayers have real longevity to their career.
We have yet to mention another fascinating dimension to this horse’s possible race careers, which is that of hurdling and going down the National Hunt route should we see fit. With his huge engine and progressive physique, he looks tailor made for a career in this sphere too. He looks every inch a National Hunt type on looks and indeed pedigree. He could be a very high-class hurdler; he has the appearance of the sort of horse that lines up at Cheltenham or Aintree having pursued a career previously on the Flat. Rest assured we will attempt to eke out every possible Flat option in the short to medium term first, but we hope you can now see why we are so thrilled to have secured Dalshand’s services for our Middleham Park portfolio.
Here is the link to his profile via France Galop: http://www.france-galop.com/fr/cheval/OE45R2M3eVpvNDZjUXRqOTZIZWUzdz09 You can watch all his race replays (as well as live French racing) via this webpage, just by registering for free.
You can also see his race replays via his Arqana sales page here: http://www.arqana.com/lots/vente_d-ete_2017_juillet_2017_deauville/222/68607
Trainer Update (25th Jan): David reports that Dalshand has returned from his break in great condition. He has been in light ridden work and will be stepped up at the beginning of February in preparation for the turf season. The yard report that he’s put on some condition on his break and looks to have done well for having a rest. You can see how well he looks in the new photo above.