By Duane Fonseca
Mohammed Obaida owned Dubai Honour nailed the Group 2 Qatar Prix Dollar with a great turn of foot with jockey James Doyle completing a treble Saturday afternoon at ParisLongchamp.
Trained by Willie Haggas, the 3yo Pride Of Dubai gelding went from last to first in the home straight after being given a splendid ride by Doyle, who won the Group 2 Qatar Prix Chaudenay with Godolphin’s Manobo and the Group 1 Qatar Prix du Cadran with Trueshan earlier on the card.
Dubai Honour had won the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano on 14 August on his last start and trailed the field with Doyle shaking him up in the straight. He came widest turning for home and but improved well rounding off his nine rivals and taking up the running close to home with the momentum helping him kick clear for a length and a half success ahead of the Andre Fabre schooled and Mickael Barzalona driven Magny Cours. Andreas Schutz’s Dawn Intello was a further neck back in third in the hands of Gerald Mosse.
A thrilled Doyle said: “It’s been a great day. Coming into it they all looked to have good chances on paper, so I was quietly confident, but I’ve had other days like that at Longchamp and nothing happens.
“It can be tricky places to master, but when you’re on the right horses, it’s quite straightforward.
“It was difficult to assess this horse (Dubai Honour) coming into it. He’d won quite a strong handicap at Newmarket and then in Deauville I kind of felt the race set up for him a bit. I rode Highland Avenue in the race and we went way too quick early and it suited closers.
“But you couldn’t knock that performance today. I thought we’d be brave and hang on and there was never really a moment’s worry – I was in full control really.
“To ride winners here is not easy, so to get three means I can bounce into tomorrow with a spring in my step.”