Racing returns to Dubai in November

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Jebel Ali, Thursday November 1, 2012~ Dhruba Selvaratnam, the Jebel Ali-based handler, is hopeful My Verse can take out the first feature race of the season at his home track November 2 on the Thoroughbred card.

Shadwell, the UK arm of the breeding empire of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum sponsors the Dh90,000 1,000m sprint handicap as racing returns to the UAE at Jebel Ali on tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Selvaratnam, a four-time UAE champion trainer, sounds hopeful of a big run from the race mare and said: “None of these races are easy to win and good prize money attracts strong fields but if pushed I would say she was the best chance we have on the afternoon.”

My Verse, who is owned by Jebel Ali Racecourse owner, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was second to champion trainer, Ali Rashid Al Raihe’s progressive Mujaazef in the same race last season, after winning it in 2010.

Al Raihe’s stable jockey, Royston Ffrench, is aboard the top weighted, Hajoum, with apprentice, Saeed Al Mazrooei, on stable companion, Enjoy Dubai, who will be having his first start for the yard having left Mike De Kock’s Blue Stables.

Doug Watson is looking forward to the start and on November 2 and will run Daboos, a consistent performer at Jebel Ali, and according to him, probably the yard’s best-known face.

Meydan racing starts November 8

“For Meydan on November 8 we will be looking to run Barbecue Eddie, Famous Warrior, Jutland, Dr Faustus and Cindercamp. As for the Arabians, Kandar du Falgas who will stay in training and Quite a Show will start their seasons,” said Watson.

In the wake of the retirement of jockey, Richard Hills, Watson is expecting Sheikh Hamdan’s retained rider, Paul Hannagan and second jockey, Dane O’Neill to take on most riding duties with assistance from Pat Dobbs and long-time UAE jockey, Tadhg O’Shea.

Doug Watson Profile

Nationality: American

Stable: Red Stables

Years Training: Watson has been training in the UAE since 2003 when he took over as master of Red Stables from former incumbent, Kiaran McLaughlin.

Highlights: Three-time UAE champion trainer (2005/6, 2006/7 and 2007/8) Watson has also enjoyed Dubai World Cup Carnival pattern race success with a host of victories for Purebred Arabians including the 2012 and 2010 Group 2 Bani Yas with Kandar du Falgas and Quaolina respectively as well as nine Group 1 wins in the Al Maktoum Challenge race series. Watson also claimed Thoroughbred wins in 2007 with the Group 3 Burj Nahar and Mahab Al Shimal with Boston Lodge and Terrific Challenge respectively.

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