x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Fryvolous to renew Paris duel

Fryvolous and Paris Gagner clash in an intriguing re-match in tonight's featured Mazrat Al Ruwaya Group 2 for Purebred Arabians at Nad Al Sheba.

DUBAI // Fryvolous and Paris Gagner clash in an intriguing re-match in tonight's featured Mazrat Al Ruwaya Group 2 for Purebred Arabians at Nad Al Sheba. Last time out, the Rod Simpson-trained gelded son of Dormane won by a neck from the champion trainer Doug Watson's Paris Gagner, who was returning for his first race in more than nine months. Fryvolous is in great form and, having won over the course and distance, went on to trounce the National Day Cup field by more than seven lengths in Abu Dhabi 12 days ago to give the veteran Englishman his first ever Group 1 prize in a training career spanning more than three decades. And returning for his fourth race in just over a month, Fryvolous has the form to complete a grand hat trick.

Arsene Rupin, a Group 1 winner in the UAE and the UK, runs in owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's second colours, and along with Kaich, Ces Bon and Baher, will lead the other challengers. Amoking is also chasing a hat trick but steps up in class. The action begins early in which the Emirati trainer-jockey combination Mubarak bin Shafya and Ahmad Ajtebi is well set to take the conditions race for thoroughbreds with Soy Libriano.

The Argentine-bred colt is already a Grade 3 winner in Uruguay and has his first race since his arrival in the new yard. Dr Smart and I Am The Best arriving from the UK for the two other emirati trainers Musabah al Muhairi and Ali Rashid al Raihe can go close. The Emirati jockey Ajtebi is one win short of shedding his apprenticeship and can strike it rich on the next two races atop the Abdulla bin Huzaim-trained Step In Line and Plavius, both wide open handicaps. Rochdale can provide the Al Raihe-Royston Ffrench partnership with a winner on the night and Valiance can strike for the South African trainer Mike de Kock in the two concluding events.

apassela@thenational.ae RACE CARD 3.00pm ETISALAT WEYAK PLATE 1,400m (TB) Conditions (for 2-y-o and 3-y-o) Dh 110,000 1. 121- SOY LIBRIANO (3y br c) 60.5 M.Bin Shafya ? A.Ajtebi (1.5kg) 5 2. -05 CITY QUEEN (3y ch f) 55.5 O.Mohammed ? T.O'Shea 4 3. - FUTURISTA (3y db/b f) 55.5 O.Mohammed ? A.Nicholls 3 4. - SPARTAN QUEEN (3y b f) 55.5 A.Selvaratnam ? F.Jara 1 5. 403- DR SMART (2y b c) 55 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 6

6. 562- I AM THE BEST (2y ch c) 55 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 2 3.30pm ETISALAT BLACKBERRY 1,800m (TB) Handicap (rated 55-70) Dh 44,000 1. -005 KERASHAN (6y b g) 59.5 A.Al Raihe ? P.Devlin 2 2. 5-42 STEP IN LINE (4y b g) 59.5 A.Bin Huzaim ? A.Ajtebi (1.5) 9 3. -263 FORTY HABLADOR (7y b g) 58 A.Manuel ? K.Latham 1 4. 36-1 DAHTEER (6y b g) 57.5 D.Selvaratnam ? W.Buick 8 5. 05-0 PRIDE OF BAGHDAD (6y db/br m) 57.5 A.Manuel ? A.Nicholls 6

6. 00-5 DESERT SANDS (10y b g) 57 S.Seemar ? R.Mullen 5 7. -402 DONIA DUBAI (5y b m) 57 R.Bouresly ?. K.John 4 8. 0-34 STORYVILLE (6y br g) 54 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 3 9. -036 OTRANTO (6y ch h) 53 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 7 4.00pm ETISALAT GREENTUNE 1,600m (TB) Handicap (65-85) Dh 60,000 1. 02-0 LIWA (5y b g) 59 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 6 2. -444 ESTIHDAAF (7y db/br g) 58.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Hills 3 3. 3-64 AIRBUSS (5y b g) 58 D.Selvaratnam ? W.Buick 4

4. 422- ALWAABEL (3y b c) M.Al Muhairi ? R.Ffrench 1 5. 42-2 PLAYVIUS (3y db/br c) 57.5 A.Bin Huzaim ? A.Ajtebi (1.5) 5 6. 450- METEBANI (6y b g) 54.5 M.Ramadan ? R.Mullen 2 4.30pm MAZRAT AL RUWAYA-ETISALAT 1,600m (PA) Group 2 Dh 150,000 1. -011 AMOKING (5y b h) 55.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 1 2. 06-2 PARIS GAGNER (5y gr h) 55.5 D.Watson ? R.Hills 2 3. -355 ROYAL EPIC (10y b g) 55.5 S.Seemar ? R.Mullen 3

4. 240- KAICH (8y gr g) 55.5 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 4 5. 130/ ARSENE RUPIN (7y ch h) 55.5 E.Charpy ? T.O'Shea 5 6. 10-0 CES BON (5y ch g) 55.5 M.Gharib ? K.Latham 6 7. -211 FRYVOLOUS (5y b g) 55.5 R.Simpson ? D.O'Donohoe 7 8. -304 BAHER (7y ch h) 55.5 E.Lemartinel ? T.Durcan 8 9. -504 FIRSTWAN (5y b h) 55.5 A.Al Raihe ? A.Ajtebi (nil) 9 10. 11-6 VITE ROYALE (6y ch h) 55.5 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Buick 10

5.00pm ETISALAT AHLAN 2,000m (TB) Handicap (70-95) Dh 70,000 1. 040- FILIOS (4y b c) 62 A.Bin Huzaim ? A.Ajtebi (1.5) 1 2. 20-0 LEITMOTIV (5y b h) 62 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 5 3. 0-31 ELMUSTANSER (7y b h) 60.5 D.Watson ? R.Hills 7 4. -425 FLEETING SHADOW (4y b c) 60.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Mullen 6 5. -316 ROCHDALE (5y ch g) 59.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 4 6. 51-0 CALL ME GEORGE (5y ch h) 56 D.Watson ? F.Jara 3

7. 135/ WESTERN ADVENTURE (4y b g) 56 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Buick 8 8. -540 MORGHIM (5y b h) 54 E.Charpy ? S.Gorey (1.5) 9 9. -345 HUNTERS' GLEN (5y b h) 53 D.Watson ? D.O'Donohoe 2 5.30pm ETISALAT WASEL 1,200m (TB) Handicap (70-95) Dh 70,000 1. 312- HOUSE (3y b c) 57.5 M.Bin Shafya ? A.Ajtebi (1.5) 5 2. 20-6 HEYWOOD (4y b g) 57 A.Manuel ? A.Nicholls 11 3. 3F-1 CROONER (5y b g) 56.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 3

4. 0-33 EKHTIAAR (4y b g) 56 A.Al Raihe ? R.Hills 4 5. 0-06 VALIANCE (4y ch g) 56 M.De Kock ? K.Latham 2 6. 112/ DAYBREAK DANCER (6y b/br g) 55 D.Watson ? D.O'Donohoe 9 7. -306 POWER POLITICS (5y b h) 55 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 1 8. -414 MACHYNLETH (8y b g) 54 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Buick 8 9. 0-00 YEM KINN (3y b c) 54 M.Al Muhairi ? F.Jara 10 10. 10-3 MELHOR IMPOSSIVEL (7y b h) 53 A.Selvaratnam ? R.Mullen 7

11. 0-60 CHERRY PICKINGS (11y b g) 52 R.Bouresly ? K.John 6 Selections 3.00pm Soy Libriano - Dr Smart 3.30pm Step In Line - Forty Hablador 4.00pm Plavius -Airbuss 4.30pm Fryvolous - Paris Gagner 5.00pm Rochdale - Elmustanser 5.30pm Valiance - Ekhtiaar