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Thursday, December 25, 2008


Paris to Gagner on Boxing Day


Etisalat sponsor Friday’s matinee meeting at Nad Al Sheba which starts at 3pm and features the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, a 1600m race for Purebred Arabians.

National Day Cup winner Fryvolous returns to the dirt with trainer Rod Simpson continuing in fine form and the trainer said: “He is in great shape and has come out of that National Day Cup win in good order. This is a tough test conceding weight and Paris Gagner looks the one to beat.”


With a Group 1 penalty, Fryvolous appears to have a tough task to confirm course and distance running with Paris Gagner, trained by Doug Watson and only just beaten by that rival three weeks ago.

The weights appear in his favour on this occasion and Watson said: “He has come on for that outing and is much better off at the weights. We have to have a big chance of reversing the form but Fryvolous is clearly in great form.”

The other five races are for thoroughbreds with the opening Etisalat Weyak Plate, a 1400m conditions race witnessing the local debut of Uruguayan Group 3 winner Soy Libriano.

He makes his first start for Mubarak Bin Shafya and should go close for apprentice Ahmad Ajtebi who needs just one more winner to lose his apprentice claim.

The best of the handicaps is the one over 2000m, the Etisalat Ahlan, in which Ajtebi partners another UAE debutant Filios who was a decent performer in the UK for Godolphin.

Watson’s recent course and distance winner Elmustanser looks a big danger, as does Rochdale who should appreciate this step up in trip.

The prize stakes for the popular computer prediction games are heating up – each week sees a fantastic jackpot waiting to be claimed as the competition gets underway.

The breakdown for the Pick 6 and Tricast competitions are as follows:
Pick 6/6: AED69,295
Pick 5/6: AED10,000
Pick 4/6: AED6,000
Pick 3/6: AED4,000
Early Tricast: AED5,000
Middle Tricast: AED10,000
Late Tricast: AED28,000

Tomorrow’s card is set to begin at 3pm and there are a number of hospitality options available to suit all tastes and budgets in both the Millennium Grandstand and the Maktoum Grandstand.

Entrance to the public area of the racecourse is free of charge and there are also complimentary transfers to and from Nad Al Sheba from Dubai Marina (by Spinneys), Arabian Ranches (Shopping complex), Wafi (in front of Pyramids) and Emirates Towers (Boulevard entrance by Cartier).

Buses will leave at 12.30pm from these locations, and return departures will be at 7.00pm from the racecourse.

And off the track, the DRC will be staging special Boxing Day hospitality packages in the Millennium Grandstand.

Tickets for this event are priced at just AED400 per adult, AED200 per child between the ages of four and 12.

Tickets to the Terrace Bar are priced at AED35 where a cash bar, and à la carte snack menu will be available along with the popular live band after racing.


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