Sahib Du Clos wins Group One Abu Dhabi National Day Cup race

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 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Ffrench also won the race last year on Dynamite, who was, unfortunately, withdrawn at the start.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


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