Miqyaas a new Group winner for Oasis Dream
Oasis Dream's Miqyaas produced a tough performance to outsprint his higher-rated rivals in the Gr.2 Blue Point Sprint at Meydan on Friday.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 11th February 2023:
Miqyaas just beat out Ladies Church in a desperately tight finish to take the $180,000 G2 Blue Point Sprint at Meydan on Friday. Owned by the Bouresly Racing Syndicate and trained by Rashed Bouresly, the gelding was winning his third on the bounce, after taking a Sharjah 1600-metre main track handicap on Christmas Eve, before running out a two and a half length victor going the same trip over the Meydan turf course just five days previously.
Prominently positioned from the start, he still held the advantage at the quarter pole, but had to withstand fierce challenges from last year's winner Lazuli to his outside, as well as Ladies Church, the only filly in the field. Logo Hunter was also showing plenty of fight against the stands' side fence. In the end, Miqyaas squeaked out a short head winner from Ladies Church, who was the same margin in front of Logo Hunter. Lazuli emptied out late, and had to be content with fourth, a length back.
"I always knew he was an improved horse on the turf, but I didn't know he would improve this much," said jockey Oscar Chavez. "He went flat out from the stalls, I gave him a breather in the middle, but he was there for me at the end."