It was a first local start for the winner who ran on strongly to deny Vire Volte in a thrilling finish to 2200m feature the delight of Mullen who said: "His European form was good and with the Deeb string going so well we were hoping for a big run. It is a great prize to win and a real highlight of my time in the UAE."
Ffrench sensibly waited until his wayward mount had drifted all the way across before driving him home, the pair regaining the initiative inside the final 100m. It was the horse's fifth win this season and Ffrench said: "He is a nice little and Saifaldin Deeb deserves a lot of credit. I do not know why he veered across the track today but it has all worked out well in the end."
Philip Barbe saddled the winner of the Group Three Al Ruwais, a 1000m dash, with Omani raider Mutafani powering from last to first inside the final 400m under David Badel who said: "We were a bit slowly away but I was able to track the two Group One horses who gave us a good lead into the race. He really picked up nicely when I asked him and showed an impressive turn of foot."
The only Thoroughbred race on the card, a 1200m conditions event, was won by Bab al Bahrain who was a first winner in the UAE for jockey Luis Jurado. Trained by Rashed Bouresly, the six year-old was having only his third career start.
Gill Duffield has her string in fantastic form and Ted Durcan was in the saddle on her Jawass who ran out the convincing winner of the opening 1600m maiden.
He was winning at the third time of asking but on his local debut after two starts in his native France. Durcan said: "That was a nice performance and he has always travelled well. He should progress from this."
A 1400m maiden was won by the Tony Manuel-trained debutant Mh Al Wadi who was given a patient ride by Richard Thomas. Settled in mid division, he made smooth progress turning for home before being delivered with a telling challenge inside the final 200m. Manuel said: "We have to be very pleased with that and he could be a nice young horse."