November 27, 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE – It was National Cup Day at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday evening with the featured Group One race for Purebred Arabians giving prize money of 250,000AED ($68,000). The 1600m win was produced by jockey Royston Ffrench on the Saifaldin Deeb-trained, Sahib Du Clos, who found his place in the stretch to produce the best performance of his career at 1:46:26. Timadit Al Mels kept on the winner’s heels to finish second by 3/4 length, while one of the favorites, Nieshan, did not continue his drive to the end and found his way to third.
Ffrench said: “The whole Deeb team were very confident before the race and told me last week this fellow had a big chance tonight and they were certainly proved right. On ratings he had a lot to find but they installed a lot of confidence in me and the horse has really produced the goods tonight. It has been a great evening in what has been an amazing start to the season.”
Ffrench also won the race last year on Dynamite, who was, unfortunately, withdrawn at the start.
Horse Pedigree Trainer Jockey
Sahib du Clos – Kerbella (FR) – Isis Du Clos (FR) by Djourman (FR, S Deeb, R Ffrench
Timadit Al Mels-Tidjani (FR) – Onia Al Mels (FR) by Guytou De Carrere (FR), S Rajhi, Carlos Sanchez
Nieshan -Akbar (FR) – Jade Des Pins (FR) by Octavius (FR, E Lemartinel, David Badel
Albar Lotois -Akbar (FR) – Allia Lotoise (FR) by Tidjani (FR), E Lemartinel, G Avranche
Badad – Tidjani (FR) – BALAAM (FR) by Djelfor (FR), Al Jahouri, J Rosales
Time Out – AL NASR (FR) – MADAWA (FR) by Djelfor (FR), E Oertel, P Cosgrave
Kandar Du Falgas – Kesberoy (FR) – Djoulia Du Falgas (FR) by Djourman (FR), D Watson, T O’Shea
Rabah De Carrere – Djouras Tu (FR) – Anita De Carrere (FR) by Manganate (FR), G Duffield, R Mullen
Af Alghabra – Amer – Fauvette Al Maury (FR) by Djouras Tu (FR), G Duffield, HBentley
Fryvolous – Dormane (FR) – Fryga (US) by Wielki Raz (US), E Oertel, T Durcan
Zells Fred – Zachzell (US) – C D Zell (US) by FMR Bay Eagle (US), Selvaratnam, J Doyle