Maystar bids for Doha riches

Watson charge also on course for Good Friday at Lingfield.

  • Friday 21 February
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Archie Watson’s Maystar will bid for a second victory at Doha as he takes his chance in the Al Biddah Mile.

The three-year-old was a winner at the Qatar track on December 20 when claiming the Al Rayyan Stakes, run over seven furlongs on turf, under jockey Hollie Doyle.

Stepping up to a mile and partnered by Doyle again on Saturday, the gelding is one of only two English runners in the valuable contest worth more than £110,000 to the winner.

The other English contender is Stone Circle, trained by Newmarket-based Michael Bell.

Upon return from Qatar, Maystar is pencilled in for a run in the Ladbrokes 3 Years Old Championships on All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

The son of Mayson is eligible for the finale after winning at Wolverhampton on December 7, in a fast-track qualifier.

Watson said: “He’ll run in Doha in the $250,000 race on Saturday – that’s run over a mile.

“From there, I’d imagine we’d go for the all-weather sprint final because he’s qualified for that after winning at Wolverhampton.”

Beyond the Lingfield engagement, Watson has no fixed plans for Maystar -who has won on both starts since being gelded in November.

The Lambourn trainer added: “All being well, we’ll run at Lingfield and see how he goes and start thinking about what’s next – we’ll go from there.”

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