Welford was bought for 160,000 AED out of the April 2017 Racing In Dubai Sale. He is a son of Dubawi and is of a similar stocky, sturdy conformation to that of his father. He’s also a half-brother to 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 when making the frame 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. Now up to a mark 88, he’s on the brink of Carnival class and is a dream horse for a syndicate to own, always trying his heart out. He remains unexposed over 10f+ and is sure to win more races.