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Watson Sends Out Group 3 Star Jutland and Course Specialist Kilt Rock at Jebel Ali

Red Stables Trainer Saddles 10 at Weekend’s Sole Meeting

Former Champion Trainer Doug Watson is set for a busy afternoon at Jebel Ali, on Friday, saddling ten runners including his Group 3 winner, Jutland and course specialist, Kilt Rock.

The American relies on Jutland in the featured 1,950m conditions race, a course and distance over which he won in March 2012 and chased home Treble Jig in last season’s Listed Jebel Ali Stakes.

The mount of Pat Dobbs, the six-year-old won the Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship before finishing last season with an excellent fourth in the Dubai Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup night.

Watson said: “This race has always been the plan for his first start back and he is fit and well at home. We are really pleased with him and expect him to at least go very close.

“He will improve for the run and we have races like the Jebel Ali Stakes and Gold Cup at Meydan to aim at again.”

Penalised for his Abu Dhabi victory, he has to concede weight to all four of his rivals who include Emmrooz, winner of the 2011 Jebel Ali Stakes and runner-up to the aforementioned Treble Jig in the same race in 2012.

Trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he will be having his first start for 54 weeks after just one outing last season.

The race is sponsored by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum through Shadwell, the UK arm of his breeding operation. The season’s leading owner, Sheikh Hamdan relies on Tanfeeth, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi. He needs to prove himself on dirt having been well beaten on his only previous trip to Jebel Ali.

Zain Shamardal, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, chased Jutland home over course and distance in March 2012 and Farrier, trained by Satish Seemar certainly cannot be ruled out in a fascinating contest.

Watson’s Kilt Rock, runner-up in last season’s Jebel Ali Sprint, faces six rivals in a Conditions race over the same 1000m, including Russian Rock and Sholaan, first and third in March’s sprint feature.

Kilt Rock, five times a Jebel Ali winner but yet to finish in front of Russian Rock after seven attempts, is owned by EERC (Emirates Entertainment Racing Club). “We tried him over 1400m,” said EERC spokesman Justin Byrne. “We were pleased enough with his effort as he normally needs his first outing. Obviously Russian Rock and Sholaan are good sprinters but we have to be hopeful.”

Russian Rock also won the big sprint in 2012 and is seeking a sixth course and distance victory (seventh at Jebel Ali) for Musabah Al Muhairi and regular jockey, Wayne Smith.

Smith said: “He will come on for the run and has to give weight away but he is working well, conditions obviously suit him well and the yard continue in good form.”

Sholaan, trained by Selvaratnam, ran well on his seasonal return in a 1200m handicap and should go well, as can Mujaazef, winner of this race 12 months ago from Russian Rock and Kilt Rock.

Trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, he will be ridden Dane O’Neill.