Abu Dhabi ~ Philippe Barbe, trainer for HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan met expectations this season with Seraphin Du Paon, winner of the Dh1 million The President of the UAE Cup (Group 1), and will chase the Kahayla Classic G1 March 26. “Seraphin is a very good horse with a very strong acceleration,” he said. “He needs a well balanced program of training because of his hot temperament and his generous attitude in his work.”
Also in the racing stable is the 4 year old Frynchman. “This young horse has won his first two starts including the UAE 3 year old Championship in December 2010 and placed 2, 2, 3 in the Three Triple Crown G3 races this year and will be a potential candidate for next years President Cup race.”
“I also train 12 Thoroughbreds owned by HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the UAE. West Emirates won in Meydan this season and he will be a nice horse for next year’s Festival.”
Barbe is a well traveled trainer, having trained Group winners in his home country of France,then in USA ,China,Tunisia and Oman before Abu Dhabi. “I like the lifestyle here,” he said.