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

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Ffrench also won the race last year on Dynamite, who was, unfortunately, withdrawn at the start.

Results:

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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