x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Dynamic is a strong hope for Watson

The champion trainer Doug Watson has a trio of entries aimed at winning the Nice Shadwell Farms Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, headed by Dynamic Saint.

ABU DHABI // The champion trainer Doug Watson has a trio of entries aimed at winning the Nice Shadwell Farms Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, headed by Dynamic Saint. The Red Stables trainer said his horse is in fine form. "He is in great shape after his first run in more than nine months," he said. "He's run well over the course and distance, and seems to like this track. He didn't travel well when he was here last time but was finishing strongly.

"I would like to think he will run a better race this time." The American-bred gelded son of Sweetsouthernsaint was third to Quorum on his reappearance. With that run under his belt, he should end a streak of nine winless races in more than 22 months. Watson also expects good showings from his other two horses. "Trust N Dustan is a nice young horse and ran a very good first race for me after arriving from America," he said.

"Rohaani is at the best he has trained since coming in to my yard. I hope one of the three can go on and win for us." Watson's horses face the winners of this contest in the last two years: Singing Poet and Anani. They have had mixed results since with Dynamic Saint having got ahead of them a few times. Singing Poet, returning for his first run in nine months, heads trainer Erwan Charpy's three entries. The seven-year-old by Singspiel was an impressive winner over stable companion Mister Fasliyev and Dynamic Saint the last time they met.

The South African trainer Mike de Kock is well represented in the main supporting race of the day - the Haafed Shadwell Farms - a competitive conditions race over 1,400 metres. Bennie Blue under champion Ted Durcan should pull it off from Charpy's pair Stepping Up and newcomer Taweesh. apassela@thenational.ae