Saturday, December 04, 2010
Dynamite National Day Cup in store
Dynamite and Fryvolous, winners of the Group 1 Purebred Arabian National Day Cup in 2006 and 2008 respectively, both feature among the nine declared for the 1600m feature this Sunday on the Abu Dhabi turf.
Dynamite has been running in Qatar most recently but is returning to the UAE with new trainer Adam Aghbash but is reunited with Royston Ffrench who partnered him to win this four years ago.
Fryvolous will be having his first start for Philippe Barbe having won this two years ago for Rod Simpson who also saddled him to land the 2009 Dubai Kahayla Classic.
He only ran once last season and Barbe said: "He has a lot of quality and is working well enough. He will come on for the run but should be competitive."
Eric Lemartinel won this last year with Mizzna and relies on UAE newcomer Nieshan under Gerald Avranche who said: "He is a new horse who we really like a lot and has been pleasing us at home. His French form is good and we think he will go close."
Doug Watson saddles Kandar Du Falgas and said: "He ran well on his comeback but this is a stronger race and Fryvolous and Nieshan will be hard to beat."
Richard Mullen, jockey on the Satish Seemar-trained Karmel De Faust, echoed those sentiments: "He worked well on the Abu Dhabi turf the other day and has settled in well over the summer but Nieshan and Fryvolous are real quality performers."
The Listed Thoroughbred version, also over 1600m, has attracted the maximum field of 16, headed by last year's winner Jaasoos for Dhruba Selvaratnam, he is to be ridden by Kieren Fallon and the trainer, also represented by the 2008 Abu Dhabi Championship winner Mulaqat.
The trainer said: "Mulaqat is better over further but ran very well when third in the prep. Jaasoos won this last year but had the advantage of a previous outing. He is working well but should improve from the run."
Clasp was third last year for Doug Watson and the American also saddles War Monger this year.
He said: "Clasp ran a great race in this last year and is in good form. He is better drawn than War Monger who is really pleasing us at home."
Fourth last year was Golden Arrow, trained by Erwan Charpy who said: "He ran very well last year in this and seems in good form. At least he is well drawn so hopefully he can be competitive."
Eddie Jock was sixth last year for Satish Seemar and jockey Richard Mullen sounds hopeful: "He ran very well in the prep and I thought he would win as we turned for home before the winner quickened again. With luck in running he can go close."
That prep race was won by Iguaza Falls who will be a popular Pick Six selection for Mubarak Bin Shafya and Pat Cosgrave.
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