Bahrain: David Egan had a day to remember on Friday at Sakhir, as New Show in the Crown Prince’s Cup, Waseela (Bahrain Oaks) and Paco Man (Bahrain Derby) landed the young jockey a big-race treble.
Egan, who has spent the winter in Bahrain, said: “I’m delighted! To win big races for Abdulla Fawzi Nass, His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Alkhalifa and Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Alkhalifa all on the same day is a real honour and a privilege.”
New Show had previously been trained in Britain – first by Kevin Ryan and then by Michael Bell – before being sold to run in Bahrain in July 2019.
The six-year-old has now won four races in the kingdom from just seven starts and this was by far his biggest success to date.
Much like the Bahrain International in November, this was another dramatic finish with a Victorious Racing-owned horse holding on from fast finishers – but this time it was New Show rather than Simsir who lasted home in front.
Desert Lion (Paddy Mathers) just failed to reel in the winner with Litigator (Andrea Atzeni) finishing third on his first start in Bahrain. Simsir could manage only fourth on his first appearance since winning the Bahrain International in November.
“Besides the Bahrain International Trophy in November, I’d say that was the strongest field I’ve ever seen in Bahrain and it rode like a very good race,” said Egan.
“I followed Desert Lion for most of the way, but I needed some luck in the straight. Luckily, those gaps came for me and he galloped all the way through the line.”
The Crown Prince’s Cup, run over 1m2f, is a local G1 and is one of the three principal races in the Bahrain racing calendar, along with the Bahrain International Trophy in November and King’s Cup in March.
Egan believes that New Show could look to emulate Port Lions, who won the same race last year before going on to win in Saudi Arabia.
He said: “He’s got an entry in the handicap at the Saudi Cup on the Friday and hopefully we can go there with a live chance.”