Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 26, 2011 – The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club generously sponsor the National Day Cups, both for Purebred Arabians and Thoroughbreds, as the Capital’s turf track hosts its fourth meeting of the season on Sunday evening. Both features are over 1600m and 14 have been declared for the Group One Purebred Arabian version which is the penultimate race on the card.
The admirable ten-year-old Dynamite is seeking a third win in the race he first won in 2006 and did so again last year.
Adrian Nicholls takes the ride for owner/trainer Hassan Saleh Al Hammadi and the jockey said: “It is nice to get a live chance in a big race like this. Conditions obviously suit him and I am hoping he runs well.”
Fryvolous is another previous winner of the race, having landed the 2008 renewal for Rod Simpson. Ernst Oertel will saddle the eight-year-old this year with Ted Durcan in the saddle and Pat Cosgrave on stable companion Time Out who won the prep race a fortnight ago from Fryvolous.
Oertel said: “I was delighted with them both in the prep when Time Out had the advantage of a previous run. Fryvolous will have come on a lot for that and I hope both run big races but Group Ones are not easy to win.”
Eric Lemartinel is another trainer with two live hopes and Gerald Avranche has chosen to ride Albar Lotois with David Badel picking up a nice spare ride on Nieshan.
Avranche’s mount won over course and distance at the first meeting of the season and the jockey said: “They are two nice horses and it is never easy to choose in this situation. They are both very capable of going close but Albar Lotois did win first time and that effort just helped with the choice.”
Doug Watson’s Kandar Du Falgas rarely runs a bad race and may prove best of the rest along with Rabah De Carrere, one of three in the race for trainer Gill Duffield.