December 20, 2012, Dubai ~ Doug Watson’s Purebred Arabian Claims Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah
Quite A Show sprang something of a surprise in the featured Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, defying a Group 1 penalty to land the 1600m contest, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card at Meydan on Thursday.
Trained by Doug Watson for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he was ridden by Dane O’Neill and was winning on the all-weather for the first time.
“He is certainly tough and has really battled to get his head in front and then stuck his neck out to stay there,” said O’Neill.
Watson said his charge would now be heading for a Dubai World Cup Carnival outing.
“That was a nice surprise because he is only tiny and had to give weight away to some real good horses but he is a genuine Group 1 performer,” he said. “I was not worried about the surface as he was third on it last season. He will go for Al Maktoum Challenge Round I now.”
Mazrat Al Ruwayah (Group 2PA)
1600 m 4 yrs up – Prize money – 31,916.66€ (150,000 AED)
Winning time : 1:47:88
1. Quite A Show (Falinas Des Fabries x French Braids) trained by Doug Watson and ridden by Dane O’Neil, owned by HH Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
2. AF Alghabra (Amer x Fauvette Al Maury), owned by Khalid Al Nabooda, ridden by Tadhg O’ Shea and trained by Gillian Duffield
3. Thakif, owned by HH Sh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Harry Bently up, trained by M Al Jahouri