Doug Watson saddled three of the five thoroughbred winners at Meydan on Friday afternoon as Al Sharood (3 f Shamardal – Massomah, by Seeking The Gold) made a winning debut in the UAE in the Ford taurus Trophy (1400m).
The three-year-old, who was the only filly in the race, was winning in her third different country having won in the UK for Godolphin and France for John Hammond.
She was ridden by Tadhg O’Shea who kicked her for home over two furlongs out in what proved a decisive move and the pair never looked likely to be caught.¬†”She is a filly we really like and hope will be very competitive at the carnival. The mile of the Cape Verdi, on turf, would look a great target for her.” O’Shea said.
O’Shea was also in the saddle on Mark To Market (4 g Clodovil – Genetta, by Green Desert), also trained by Watson, who prevailed by a nose in a thrilling conclusion to the 1400m Ford Fusion Trophy Handicap on the all-weather,
The only time the pair led was on the line and O’Shea said, “I knew it was close but was not sure if we had made it or not. To be honest I would probably have settled for a dead-heat!”