Johnson Houghton hoping Dragon roars in Qatar

Eve Johnson Houghton: enjoying her best season as a trainer

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Johnson Houghton hoping Dragon roars By David Baxter 9:46AM 21 NOV 2016

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.

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Johnson Houghton is enjoying her best ever year with 41 winners and nearly £500,000 in total 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 try 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 he flies out on the 22nd of December. I will fly out on December 26.

"There's a lot to look forward to with him. 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 down under this time next year."

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