Dalasan resuming in Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick

South Australian galloper has finished behind the best horses in the country but will chase a deserved Group 1 win at Randwick.

Dalasan has banked more than $3m so far during his career but a Group 1 win has evaded the South Aussie galloper, something his connections are hoping he’ll correct in Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.

The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained galloper has placed four times at the top level, most notably going close to beating Addeybb and Verry Elleegant in last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Group 1 victors Think It Over, Sir Dragonet, Mo’unga and All-Star Mile winner Mugatoo all finished behind Dalasan that day.

The five-year-old entire returns to the races on Saturday where he will look to build on an impressive first-up record of two wins, a second and third from six starts.

“He’s raced really well at 1200m in the past but he’s just been found wanting at the end,” Macdonald said.

“His work has been really good, we worked Tuesday morning at Rosehill. Chad Schofield rode him and he was really happy.

“He’s done everything we’ve wanted him to do and the 1300 meters first-up with the sting out of the ground suits him.

“I think he’s been a bit unlucky not to win a Group 1. Unlucky in a Caulfield Guineas and a few others but hopefully we can get one on Saturday.”

TAB fixed odds bookmakers rate Dalasan a $15 chance to end the son of Dalakhani’s Group 1 run of outs.

More than 340mm of rain has fallen at Randwick in the past week with more expected leading up to Saturday’s multiple Group 1 meeting at Randwick with the track Winx-like odds to start in the heavy range.

In 30 starts Dalasan has yet to race on a heavy deck but has raced well in soft conditions and that has Macdonald optimistic his accomplished performer will cope with the sinking conditions.

“A lot of his early races have been in Adelaide and we don’t get too many heavy tracks here but he has raced well on soft tracks,” Macdonald said.

“It is an unknown but hopefully he handles it on Saturday.

“I’m confident he will run well.”

Dalasan finished third to Cascadian in last year’s Doncaster Mile and Randwick’s feature on day one of The Championships is on the radar again.

He’s been allotted 53.5kg for the $3m contest and is rated $26 to improve a couple of places in 2022.

“I thought he had it won last year all the way up until he hit the hit the post,” Macdonald said.

“It’s a good weight for him so let’s hope we can go a couple better than we did last year.

“He’s been good to us and it would be lovely to win a Group 1 with him.”

Originally published as Dalasan resuming in Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick

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