Dalasan likely to return in Newmarket before Sydney tilt

South Aussie star Dalasan is on track for an autumn assault that will likely see the talented Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained galloper end up in Sydney for a Doncaster Mile tilt.

The Dalakhani stallion has enjoyed a healthy break since finishing seventh in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes and is building towards a return in next month’s Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

“We are going to step things up again this week,” Macdonald said.

“He has enjoyed his break and this is the first time he has come back in really fresh.

“We gave him a good freshen up and would have had to push him along to get him back in time for an Australian Cup.

Leon Macdonald (left) andAndrew Gluyas train Dalasan. Photo: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Corp Australia

“Possibly we will look at the Newmarket first-up as he is not the easiest horse to run in a races now with his Handicap.

“Then all being well we will look to Sydney after that and the Doncaster Mile.”

Dalasan is rated a $26 chance with TAB.com.au for his likely first-up assignment in the Newmarket, which will be staged on March 6.

The versatile galloper would tackle the Doncaster Mile third-up and is at $34 with the same bookmaker for the April 3 feature at Randwick.

Dalasan already boasts wins to his name at Listed, Group 3 and Group 2 level but a Group 1 win has so far eluded him.

He came closest when runner up to Russian Camelot in the Group 1 SA Derby last year.

The talented four-year-old went for a spell after that run before going winless throughout 2020 spring – coming closest when fourth in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Originally published asDoncaster on table for South Aussie star

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