x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Doug Watson throws a 1-2 as Jawhar holds off Dr Faustus at Meydan

Doug Watson supplied the one-two with Paul Hanagan and Jawhar denying stablemate Dr Faustus and Pat Dobbs by the narrowest of margins, writes John Byrne.

Dubai // Doug Watson supplied the one-two in the featured 2,000m turf handicap with Paul Hanagan and Jawhar denying fast-finishing stable companion Dr Faustus, under Pat Dobbs, by the narrowest of margins on Saturday night.

"They went quite slowly initially and he was keen but once I had him settled he was always going well," said Hanagan, who won for the fourth time aboard the horse, three of those coming in the United Kingdom when he was under trainer William Haggas' care.

"A gap appeared on the rail which he went through and we just had enough left to hold on."

Third to Group 1 winner Mandaen in a turf handicap at the Dubai World Cup Carnival on his previous start, the Mubarak bin Shafya-trained Iguaza Falls took advantage of his much lower rating on tapeta to win under Adrie de Vries in a 1,600m tapeta handicap.

A habitual front-runner, he totally missed the break on this occasion, and De Vries said: "That was not the plan but he really finished strongly once switched out from the rear and we now know he can be ridden from behind."

The 1,400m tapeta handicap went to Dubai Iconic, ridden for Satish Seemar by stable jockey Richard Mullen.

"He has only had five starts and hopefully has more to come as he still seems to be improving," said Mullen.

The trainer completed a double with stable apprentice Marc Monaghan aboard Seachantach in a 1,200m turf handicap, who was adding to his three wins in Ireland to open his local account at the 25th time of asking.

The jockey said: "He deserves that after some really good runs in defeat."

The opening 2,000m tapeta maiden was won by Dane O'Neill on Midnight Moon for trainer Mubarak bin Shafya, and Royston Ffrench won the concluding 2,200m tapeta handicap on Ukranian for Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

 

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