My Catch & One Man Band Watson Carnival Hopefuls in Successful Meydan Foray

My Catch impressive winner
Photo: Erika Rasmussen

Jockey Dobbs Rides Winning Treble at Second Meeting of Season

Trainer Doug Watson had been pretty bullish about the prospects of My Catch in the run-up to racing at Meydan on Thursday and his confidence proved more than justified as that horse and his stable companion combined to land the two richest races of the night.

Stable jockey, Pat Dobbs who rode three winners on the night, was in the saddle as My Catch soon gained the front from his plum draw in one. The duo were not to be passed, skipping clear early in the straight and powering away to win the 1200m AED165,000 Gulf News Handicap easily.

Making his dirt debut, My Catch was recording a fourth career win and second here in the UAE, having won the Listed Meydan Classic, over 1400m on turf, in February 2014.

“We knew he was in good form and working well on dirt,” said Watson. “Last year he went to Europe in the summer but he had a nice break this time and it has done him the power of good.

“Winning on the dirt gives us plenty more options at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.”

It was the evening’s second victory for Dobbs who, with Ismail Mohammed’s stable jockey, Wayne Smith suspended, was the beneficiary in the opening 1600m maiden, steering the trainer’s Murasil to comfortable success.

Having missed the break, Murasil soon tagged on the back of the main group before making noticeable progress on the home turn.

Edged out to challenge by Dobbs, he picked up well, passing Sky Jockey 300m from home and running on strongly to open his account at the 12th time of asking, ten of which have been in the UAE.

Both Murasil and Sky Jockey are owned by Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

“It looked a nice spare ride and he won nicely,” said Dobbs.
The jockey went on to complete his treble and Watson’s double with the ultra smooth victory of One Man Band who made all the running in the 1600m Inside Out handicap, also worth AED165,000.

A dual course and distance winner last season, as well as winning a 1900m maiden at Meydan, One Man Band had disappointed on his seasonal return a fortnight ago.

However, on that occasion he was forced to race among runners, not appearing to enjoy the kickback. That was never an issue here as they were never headed before Dobbs put the race to bed fully 500m out.

“He is a nice horse,” said Watson. “Last year he improved a lot from his first run and he has done the same again here.

“The small field helped and he was able to get to the lead without taking too much out of himself.

“We always thought he had the potential to be a Carnival horse and hopefully he will be competitive there. We may look for another race before then but there is not much for him.”

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