Hope springs eternal for Dalasiri
Dalasiri can book his Cheltenham Festival ticket with a good performance in Saturday's Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.
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The four-year-old is bred to be a star Flat performer, being a son of Dylan Thomas from the family of Breeders' Cup winner Daylami and Arc victor Dalakhani.
However, he never made it to the track on the level before being sold for just 15,500 euros in October 2011.
He made his debut for Sabrina Harty in a Leopardstown bumper over the Christmas period and has since won one and finished second in two starts over hurdles.
"The ground has dried up somewhat and if we get yielding ground on Saturday, the plan is to run," said Harty.
"He has been in super form since he ran at Gowran and he is a horse that stays very well.
"He has never run on the Flat, so if he runs well on Saturday, I'd imagine that he'll go for the Triumph at Cheltenham, rather than the Fred Winter."