UAE Stalwart Doug Watson Saddles Five on the World`s Richest Day of Racing

Limario (GER)
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Former UAE Champion Trainer Looks Forward to Big Night

The UAE’s Red Stables trainer, Doug Watson, is really looking forward to Saturday with no less than five runners set to take their chance on Dubai World Cup night.

“If you had offered me five runners in January I would have been happy,” said Watson of his runners on the $27.25m card. “I am really pleased with our big-night team and all five hold solid prize money claims – at least.”

European multiple Group 1 winner, Meandre, sixth in the Dubai World Cup in 2013, has switched to turf this season and faces the starter in the Group 1 Dubai Sheem Classic, presented by Longines, having already run well three times at Meydan this season.

“We tried him on the all-weather in December but he does seem better on turf and he has run two great races in defeat during the Dubai World Cup Carnival. He looks fantastic and is working really well.

“Obviously it is a very good race but we could not be happier with him.”

Course and distance winner, Dux Scholar, takes his chance in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, empowered by IPIC, over the straight 1000m turf track. After winning a Dubai World Cup Carnival handicap last year, he was second over 1200m on his penultimate start before an excellent third in the Group 3 Meydan Sprint, over the same 1000m turf course and distance as Saturday’s race.

“He is absolutely flying,” said Watson. “We could not be happier with him and hopefully we get a nice high draw. There will obviously be plenty of pace in the race which will suit him and he should be running on when a few others have had enough.”

The three-year-old, My Catch, will be receiving weight from his elders in the 1200m Group 1 Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News. He has already shown he can handle the all-weather and Watson said: “We are delighted he received an invitation and really looking forward to running him. He ran well in the UAE 2000 Guineas and the trial but will prefer the 1200m on Saturday.

“Hopefully we get a low draw and he can be competitive in a strong race.”

The Meydan Sobha-sponsored Godolphin Mile hopeful, Limario will be having his second start for the yard having made his local debut on Super Saturday in the concluding round of the Al Maktoum Challenge.

“He ran okay on Super Saturday on his first start since October and has improved with the run under his belt. The trip is probably shorter than ideal but he is in good form.”

The trainer’s fifth runner, in UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, is Cooptado and is making his local debut.

A Grade 1 winner in his native Argentina, he has settled in well. “We have taken him to Meydan Racecourse twice and he worked well on the all-weather so the surface should be fine – though you never know until you try them in a race.

“His form is good and he is a nice new horse in the yard.”