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Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Qatar Derby on the horizon for progressive Scarlet Dragon

Scarlet Dragon: jetting over to Qatar in December
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Eve Johnson Houghton is hoping to cap what has already been a very good year on a high as stable star Scarlet Dragon is heading to Doha for the Qatar Derby.

Johnson Houghton is enjoying her best year with 41 winners and nearly £500,000 in prize-money, and will break new ground with a first runner in Qatar on December 29.

Owned by Henry Ponsonby, Scarlet Dragon has been highly progressive this year, winning four times and climbing 30lb in the handicap from a mark of 79 to 109.

 

The three-year-old's latest victory came in the valuable Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket last month, and he will now tackle the $500,000 Qatar Derby, which is a local Grade 1.

Jim Crowley will take the ride in Doha, and Johnson Houghton said: "It's very exciting and he flies out on December 22. I will fly out on December 26.

"There's a lot to look forward to. He's probably rated too high for handicaps so we could be going the Group race-route and if he's good enough I'd like to think we might be going to Australia this time next year."

If he's good enough I'd like to think we might be going to Australia this time next year
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