DAVID EGAN partnered 6yo Deep Intrigue to victory in the Al Wasmiya Cup over 1200m at Sakhir in Bahrain on Friday, handing Fawzi Nass a third Bahrain Turf Series victory. The gelded son of Dark Angel raced covered up at the rear of the 18 runners as Roman River showed good speed to lead them.

With 400m left to go Egan pulled Deep Intrigue out and he unleashed a strong finishing kick to get up by almost two lengths from Roman River, with Dark Shadow in third. Deep Intrigue was a 70,000gns Tattersalls Foal and a £200,000 Goffs UK Premier Yearling.

He won five races for Mark Johnston and Clipper Logistics, as well as being placed in the Listed Spring Cup before being purchased by Oliver St Lawrence Bloodstock for 75,000gns at the Tattersalls August Sale in 2020. An unsuccessful season in the UAE persuaded Nass to transfer him to Bahrain where he was making his first start.

Nass said: “Deep Intrigue arrived four weeks ago. He’s had a long journey from Dubai. He came by road which took 30 hours. It was a nice surprise that he won today. “We’re absolutely delighted to win another Bahrain Turf Series race.

The sprint races are always more difficult as not always the best horse wins. He’s probably a 7f horse, but the fact the race is run over the straight course and they went fast enough, that helped him a lot.” Deep Intrigue won carrying the silks of Hasan Mefareh Alajmi and is officially trained by Hesham Al Haddad who has a lot of horses for Nass, his friends and associates.

Earlier, British raider Ace Rothstein landed the 1800m Al Adiyat Racing Cup, a local Group Two race, with Charles Bishop in the saddle for Michael Bell in the colours of Kubir Sohi. A 4yo gelded son of More Than Ready, he was winning for the third time having scored twice in Britain last year.