Burrows bidding to crown brilliant 2022 season with victory in the Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy

Burrows bidding to crown brilliant 2022 season with victory in the Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy
Trainer Owen Burrows is hoping for international success with Alflaila who will line up in the £600,000 Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy on Friday 18th November. The Shadwell Estate-owned Alflaila is a leading contender for the 1 ¼-mile contest and is set to be Burrows’ first runner in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Burrows, in his first season as a public trainer, became a Group 1-winning trainer this year thanks to Hukum in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and Minzaal in the Sprint Cup at Haydock, while an impressive 32 per cent of his British runners this year have won. Burrows has been boosted with the news that Hukum, a half-brother to Baaeed, has returned to training.

Flying the flag this winter for Burrows will be the progressive dual-Group 3 winner Alflaila. The son of Dark Angel has won his last three starts, with his latest victory coming in the Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket, a win which gave an automatic entry into the Bahrain International Trophy.

Burrows, speaking ahead of Alflaila travelling out to Bahrain next week, said: “I’ve been really, really pleased with him since Newmarket. He has come out of the race well. We’ve had a couple of quiet weeks with him but are stepping his work up now. He looks great and although we’re coming towards the end of the year, he’s showing me no signs that he has had a hard season. He’s really well.”

Despite breaking slowly from the stalls in the Darley Stakes, Alflaila pulled clear of his rivals in a competitive field to win under Jim Crowley. Burrows said: “I was slightly concerned at Newmarket that he would be vulnerable with a slow start there because, as we know, you can struggle to come from behind on the Rowley Mile. It’s interesting to see the second horse (Ottomon Fleet) franked the form at the weekend, so I think it looks as though it’s a strong piece of form. I liked the way the front two pulled clear of the third.”

Burrows is confident that there is more to come from his improving 3-year-old who has stepped forward from each run this season. Burrows said: “We had high hopes for him last year and for whatever reason he didn’t run badly, but he didn’t fulfill what we thought he was potentially going to be. No disrespect but he’s won two Group 3’s now. We hope he’ll progress to be Group 2 and then Group 1 level but the race in Bahrain is proper Group 1 level money. There’s not many opportunities in a Group 3 to run for this sort of money.”

Alflaila will be Burrows’ first ever runner in Bahrain and the Lambourn-based trainer is excited about the challenge. He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been quite a year for us with our first runners in Dubai, so I am really looking forward to it. Everybody tells me it is such a good place and there are great training facilities. He’s pretty versatile ground-wise. He likes a bit of cut and has won on quick ground, so he should be fine. They tell me the track is a nice, fair, galloping track so we’re looking forward to it. Jim Crowley has a good relationship with the horse and is set to ride the horse in Bahrain.”

Alflaila will be stepping up in trip but Burrows doesn’t see any issue in tackling the 1 ¼-mile for the first time. He said: “I don’t see why he won’t stay. His last two runs were over 9-furlongs. I think it will probably give him a chance to find his feet and I didn’t think he was stopping at Newmarket last time. I’d be surprised if we were blaming the 1 ¼-mile if he gets beat.”

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Bahrain International Trophy 2022 Field




Alflaila (GB)

Owen Burrows

Shadwell Estate Company Ltd

Dilawar (IRE)

Fawzi Nass


Dubai Future (GB)

Saeed bin Suroor


Grocer Jack (GER)

William Haggas

HRH Prince Faisal bin Khaled

Insinuendo (IRE)

Willie McCreery

Deegan Racing Syndicate

King David (DEN)

Niels Petersen

Madame Fernande

Litigator (IRE)

Haider Ebrahim

MKAR Racing

Magny Cours (USA)

Andre Fabre

Godolphin SNC

Monty (FR)

Andreas Schutz

AB Racing Limited, Ecurie Ades Hazan et al

Passion and Glory (IRE)

Saeed bin Suroor


Pensiero D'Amore (IRE)

Mohammed Hasan

Alafoo Racing Stable

Riocorvo (GER)

Carlos Laffon-Parias

Mrs Georgiana Cabrero

Royal Fleet (GB)

Charlie Appleby


West Wind Blows (IRE)

Simon & Ed Crisford

Abdulla al Mansoori

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