Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s talented three-year-old Alyaasaat made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure when scoring over 1400m at the Vaal on Thursday.

The handsome bay was sent off an 8-10 favourite for the 0861 150 160 Assessment Plate and duly lived up to his odds.

Under jockey Randall Simons, the Australian bred Alyaasaat came up with a strong surge down the outside before going on to land his third career win by just over a length.

The 18-1 shot Whitehaven ran a bold race back in second, three-parts of a length in front of the third home Lake Kinneret.

Runner up, to subsequent champion and multiple G1 winner Soqrat, in last season’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes, Alyaasaat, second earlier in the G2 Joburg Spring Challenge earlier this season, has now won three of only ten starts, having again been beaten by Soqrat when unplaced in the G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes last time out.

The Shadwell Stud Australia bred Alyaasaat is from the first Southern Hemisphere crop of his sire Dawn Approach, an unbeaten Champion at two, and a 2000 Guineas winner at three.

The son of New Approach made an instant impression with his first Northern Hemisphere runners headed by G3 Prix de la Grotte winning filly Musis Amica and Salsabil Stakes winner Mary Tudor, while his current Irish 3yos include 2019 classic hope Madhmoon.

Thursday’s winner is out of the unraced Distant View mare Yaasah, a half-sister to two stakes winners including Chercheuse, the dam of multiple G1 winning champion Questing.

This is the family of Irish St Leger Dark Lomond, champion sire Elusive Quality and Irish Oaks winner Margarula.

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