DUBAI // Doug Watson enjoyed a rewarding evening at Meydan Racecourse last night as he saddled the last two winners, headed by Famous Warrior who made all the running under Patrick Dobbs in the featured 1,600m handicap.
Dobbs was able to get across from a middle draw and, once on the rail, always looked in control to the delight of the trainer who said: "The horse loves this Tapeta surface and had been working well so we were very hopeful of a big run. It looked a decent little race and we still hope he is one of our Carnival horses for 2013."
Watson then supplied a stunning 1-2-3 in the concluding 1,900m handicap in which Harry Bentley was aboard winner Profondo Rosso, who stormed clear to be chased home by stable companion Karma Chamelon with Masaalek filling third.
He said: "I was expecting them to run well but you never expect to have the first three. The race was set up perfectly for Profondo Rosso and he won well."
Surfer justified his billing as the best maiden in training when proving far too good for his 13 rivals in the 1,600m maiden. Given a great ride by Richard Mullen, who was able to get a prominent berth despite their wide draw, he quickened away from his field about 400m out to win easily.
Trained by Satish Seemar, he had run some good races in defeat last season and a relieved Mullen said: "It is always a bit of a worry in these races but he did it well. He deserved that after some really good runs last term.
"He will have to go back up in class now at the Carnival."
The champion jockey Tadhg O'Shea was seen at his best when making all on Ganas in the 1,200m handicap before kicking him clear 400m out in what proved a race winning move.
Owned by Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa, Ganas is trained by Ernst Oertel and had been narrowly denied on his local debut at Jebel Ali three weeks ago. O'Shea said: "He has plenty of speed this horse and was a bit unlucky last time as he just tired close home.
"He was very good today and is clearly very versatile regarding underfoot conditions."
Musabah Al Muhairi has his team in great form and James Doyle steered Trojan Nights to a hard fought success for him in the 1,600m handicap.
Trojan Nights finished fast and late with Doyle saying: "They went pretty quick up front so I was happy to take my time as I know he goes well here. He picked up nicely and I always thought I would get there."
Count Paris led 200m out to win a 1,400m handicap with Carlos Sandoval in the saddle for the trainer Abdulla bin Huzaim who said: "Our horses have been running well and we thought he would run a big race. Once they hit the front I was always hopeful we would hold on."