By Duane Fonseca
UAE Champion Trainer Doug Watson enjoyed another good night at the races with a treble that included victory in the feature event of the seven race card at Meydan Thursday.
Red Stables boss Watson took his seasons tally to 11 after Taking Names clinched a massive eight and a quarter length victory in the 1200m maiden under Pat Dobbs, Faithful Soldier won the 1400m Rated Conditions run, the showpiece contest of the night, and Mulfit scored a big margin triumph with George Buckell up in the 2000m handicap, all on Meydan's dirt track.
Faithful Soldier had to really dig deep and found what he needed to overcome a stiff challenge from the Rashed Bouresly schooled and Richard Mullen driven Hawa Bilady in the straight. As Hitchcott got Faithful Soldier to pull clear, and Mnasek found her feet all Hawa Bilady could do was cede second place.
Faithful Soldier won by two and a quarter lengths with Watson enjoying a 1-2 as Dobbs brought Mnasek home with a late flourish. Hawa Bilady and Mullen were a further three fourths of a length back in third.
Bhupat Seemar gave his training career a flying start with a stunning double courtesy of Tadhg O'Shea and apprentice rider Sean Kirrane who guided Kafoo and Imperial Empire to comfortable wins in the 1600m maiden and 1400m handicap respectively.
Musabbeh Al Mheiri and Antonio Fresu were the final trainer rider pair to get I to the winners' enclosure after Vasari's hard fought victory in the 1200m handicap that brought the curtains down on the night.
Earlier on the card, Bahraini trainer Fawzi Nass turned up with a potential candidate for this year's PA Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic in the form of RB Rich Lyke Me, who won the PA Group 2 Bani Yas sponsored by Dubai Police by a whopping 14 lengths.