Doug Watson celebrated a UAE trainer’s championship-winning season as One Man Band under Sam Hitchcott led a one-two-three finish for the Red Stables trainer in Dubai.
Hitchcock made every yard of the running on the five-year-old bay son of Pivotal for his first win on a Dubai World Cup meeting. The stable companion Faulkner under Dane O’Neill ran a blinder to take second with stable jockey Pat Dobbs on Cool Cowboy in third.
“He jumped and travelled so good,” Hitchcott said. “He kicked off the turn and went well. His most awkward part in a race is usually jumping from the stalls but he was brilliant today. It’s great for Doug and the team.”
Marking, the Godlphin runner trained by Kiaran Mclaughlin in the United States and the crowd favourite, was travelling in third but soon got tired and faded on the home stretch.
Watson’s winner on the DWC card’s second race took his tally to 57 winners, 17 more than his closest challenger Ali Rashid Al Raihe in the UAE trainer’s championship.
“It was a messy race and I lost my position early,” O’Neill said. “Halfway around the turn I had to sit and wait. I was second in the end and we stayed on well but we wouldn’t have beaten the winner.”
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