Welford was bought for 160,000 AED out of the April 2017 Racing In Dubai Sale. A son of Dubawi and of a similar stocky and confirmation, his half-brother Don’t Give Up who won twice at Carnival level on the Meydan dirt. Previously trained by Mark Johnston, he reached a level of 93, before dropping down the weights.
After a few niggling issues, Welford finally got to the track for a couple of runs before the end of the 2017/18 season. Having badly needed the first of them at Jebel Ali, he improved out of sight to finish third in a 7f handicap at Meydan 6 days later, showing really bright speed before a lack of a race fitness told against rivals who had been on the go all season.
After a summer off and a prep run at Jebel Ali, Welford was an impressive winner back at Meydan over 1m, scoring by 5 3/4 lengths off a mark of 75. He was a good second over 10f next time and picked up further cheques on his next 3 starts.
Freshened up after a small break, he returned with another win in March, this time over 11f, taking his seasonal winnings over 300,000aed. He was subsequently sold privately, to stay at Zabeel, realising a notable profit for his owners. Welford has been another huge success story for Touch Gold, winning twice at Meydan and making the frame on every other start there, while he’s now rated just below the bracket for the Carnival. We wish his new owner all the very best with future endeavours with him.