Owen Burrows feels he could have a promising three-year-old colt on his hands in 2019 after Dawaam made a most promising debut in leading home a one-two for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum at Lingfield.
The son of Kitten’s Joy displayed a smart turn of foot to hit the front two furlongs from home in a one-mile novice event and pass the post a length and a quarter ahead of the Roger Varian-trained Khuzaam, in the hands of the owner’s retained jockey, Jim Crowley.
Burrows will now put Dawaam, who cost $450,000 as a yearling, away for the winter and hopefully bring him back to the track in the spring.
The Lambourn trainer is not ruling out anything at this stage, although his impression had been Dawaam’s trip next season would be a mile and a quarter.
“That was a very taking debut. I’m chuffed to bits with that,” said Burrows of his 11-2 winner.
“He’s a big, raw horse and has just taken his time. His work has been nice and he was just ready to have a run today.
“I thought he was professional. He jumped and travelled good, quickened up and put the race to bed nicely.
“Jim was very taken with him. He rode him at home in a bit of work last Tuesday. I can’t say I expected him to win, but he’s shown something and we’ve always liked him. It was just what we were hoping.
“Sheikh Hamdan had a nice horse finish second. They are both nice horses.”
Looking to the future, Burrows said: “He’s obviously got a Derby entry, but that was done a long time ago by Shadwell themselves.
“I always had in my head he’d be a mile-and-a-quarter horse next year, but interestingly Jim said he felt like he had speed and he wouldn’t be in any rush and we should start him back at a mile next year.
“We’ll have a look, see how he is in the spring and take it from there.
“There’s nothing else for him now. We’ll look forward to him for next year.”