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Jutland Claims Jebel Ali Feature for Treble-Winner, Watson

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Reverses Form With 2013 Winner, Farrier

Jockey Pat Dobbs was seen at his tactical best when making all on the Doug Watson-trained Jutland in the featured 1950m conditions race at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

Second in the race last year, he was able to reverse form from 12 months ago with Farrier who beat him then but could not get past this year.

Dobbs was allowed to dictate a steady gallop before slowly increasing the tempo in the home straight. Farrier looked a massive threat 400m out but Jutland kept finding for Dobbs and ran out a comfortable winner in the end, chased home by Farrier with the third, Izaaj, a long way back.

“Full credit to Pat,” said Watson. “That was the perfect ride in these circumstances as he was able to dictate matters to suit us.

“Pat actually said it was the horse, not him, who injected a bit of pace at the top of the straight when they nicked a couple of lengths.

“We were hopeful today as he has been in great shape at home whereas last season we were never totally happy with him.”

Trainer and jockey wasted little time in doubling up with the smooth success of debutant Faulkner in the following 1200m maiden. Settled in the middle of the field early on by Dobbs, Watson’s charge made smooth progress to lead entering the final 200m.

They were never going to be caught thereafter.

“He won a trial at Meydan,” said Watson. “This 1200m will be his minimum I think but he is a really nice horse we think.”

It was actually a treble for the trainer because earlier, the Watson-trained Maqaraat won a 1950m handicap, denying Double Bass who tried to make all under Richard Mullen.

Watson’s Mizbah snatched third close home from Canary Wharf.
Always travelling well under Dane O’Neill, the winner cruised into contention 500m from home, hit the front about 200m out and ran on strongly.

“I don’t think this horse has ever run a bad race for us’, said Watson. “He is very consistent, tries hard and really seems to be enjoying his racing.

“Dane has given him a great ride, exactly as we planned and everything has gone to plan.”

The trainer was denied four consecutive winners on the card when his Kilt Rock and Dobbs were caught close home by Sholaan and Oisin Murphy in the 1000m conditions contest.

Trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sholaan was giving weight to his five rivals.

Stable jockey, Oisin Murphy always looked confident though, tracking Kilt Rock before driving his mount past that rival about 150m out.

“He had been working well so we were very hopeful,” said Murphy. “I actually think he will improve from this second outing of the season and has more to offer.”

Watson and Dobbs also supplied the runner-up in the concluding 1000m handicap with their Firstknight staying on strongly but unable to catch Sixty Minutes.

Silvestre De Sousa was in the saddle for his new boss, Musabah Al Muhairi.

Asatir, having his first local start, defied a 413-day absence to land the opening 1400m handicap under Wayne Smith, riding for Erwan Charpy.

Formerly with Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor, Asatir won four of his 14 starts in the UK but had not been seen in competitive action since October 2013.

Seemingly struggling at halfway, when Smith was hard at work, Charpy’s charge stayed on resolutely in the final 400m, hitting the front about 100m from home.

“They went very fast which has helped us as this horse will definitely appreciate further, said Charpy. “We have given him plenty of time and sweetened him up at home.

“He is a nice horse and our patience has been rewarded.”