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Watson doubles, Surfer finally over the top

Doug Watson landed the late double on Thursday at Meydan, as Famous Warrior (pictured below) took the featured handicap while Profondo Rosso got his first UAE victory in the finale, keying a sixth race tricast as Karma Chameleon and Masaalek grabbed second and third.  The wins gave Watson his third and fourth tallies of the campaign.

Satish Seemar took a narrow lead in the trainer premiership when Surfer landed his first career win.  Last season in Dubai, the son of Distorted Humor was highly competitive amongst the top sophomore ranks, getting second in the Al Bastakiya (Listed) behind Mickdaam, and frequently suffered from incredibly wide trips.  ”That is a big relief for all of us as it is always a worry when a horse is expected to win but he did it nicely. He ran some great races last season and will go to the Dubai World Cup Carnival on a high,” said Seemar.

Racing resumes in the UAE on Saturday with a maiden-laden card at Sharjah.

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  1. I’m actually a little surprised that it’s taken Surfer until his 10th career start to finally break his maiden after running so well against some very good horses in his first 9 starts. When he was still with Godolphin as a 2YO in Great Britain in 2011, Surfer had 2nd place finished behind both Archbishop and Farraaj in maiden stakes at Sandown and Warwick. Both Archbishop and Farraaj have since gone on to become listed or group stakes winners, and Surfer also ran quite well in a Newmarket Nursery race against Main Sequence, who won the Derby Trial at Lingfield and finished 2nd to Camelot in the Epsom Derby and 2nd to Thought Worthy in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. Surfer has also run some quality races since he’s been in the UAE, too. 2nd in the Ford Taurus Trophy and Al Bastikiya, plus very creditable runs in the UAE 2000 Guineas and Guineas Trial, also. Now that he’s gotten himself off the mark, maybe that will do wonders for his confidence level with the 2013 Dubai Carnival looming.

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