Dawalan named Champion Steeplechase Horse for ECB Spa owner Irv Naylor. Dawalan took full effect in the rich Grand National Hurdle Stakes at Far Hills. Ridden by Ross Geraghty, Dawalan won the richest race ever run at a National Steeplechase Association meet by a length. A month later he stood in the winner's circle at Camden after demolishing 10 rivals in the Colonial Cup, the final grade I of the season.
ECB client Irvin Naylor had several winners at The Hunt, including the richest race The Grand National with Dawalan... click for the complete National Steeplechase Association Race Results
The Grand National. Dawalan.
Bred by the His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs in France, Dawalan was not meant to be a jumper. The 5-year-old is a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and Turf Champion Daylami, as well as black-type performers Dalakhani, Dalghar and Daymarti.
Dawalan made four starts on the flat in France for the Aga Khan, mustering two runner-up finishes and two fifths. After finishing fifth and last at Deauville in July, 2013, Dawalan shifted spheres to Nicky Henderson, making his debut over hurdles in November, 2013. He won four hurdle races but failed to threaten at the big meets, finishing 16th in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham and 15th in a Grade 3 hurdle at Aintree this spring.
Purchased by Clancy Bloodstock and Stroud-Coleman Bloodstock for Naylor this summer, Dawalan finished a closing third in the Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park before winning the richest race of the year at Far Hills.
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