7 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Friday, 8 November 2019, will have five Arabian races and one Thoroughbred race.
Of the five Purebred Arabian contests, the 1600m handicap is the most valuable and looks wide open with O’Shea combining with his main employer, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, to partner AF Al Aassi, one of six in the race due to be saddled for the owner by Ernst Oertel.
From three trained by Jean de Roualle, Richard Mullen has opted to ride Brraq in the colours of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Fabrice Veron and Ebhaar, representing the Al Asayl team of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, another representing powerful connections who merits consideration in such a competitive affair.
Ageless Shamal Nibras Seeks Third Win in Abu Dhabi Thoroughbred Feature
The Thoroughbreds take centre stage when their sole race, a 1600m rated conditions stakes and final of six races, has attracted the maximum allowed field of 14. Leading the charge is Shamaal Nibras, winner of the equivalent race considered by many a prep for the Sheikh Zultan bin Sayed Al Nahyan National Day Cup over the same course and distance in both 2016 and 2017.