The Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, was the feature event at Nad Al Sheba on Friday afternoon at a meeting kindly sponsored by Etisalat.

The 1600m feature looked a match on paper between Fryvolous and Paris Gagner who had fought out a course and conditions race three weeks ago.

That proved to be the case and it was again Fryvolous, trained by Rod Simpson and partnered by Daragh O’Donohoe, who prevailed in a tight finish.

Simpson said: “That was his best performance as the weights really did not favour him. He seems to be improving with his racing and we will be back for the Maktoum Challenge.”

Trainer Abdulla Bin Huzaim saddled his first winner when local apprentice Ahmad Ajtebi rode the winner he needed to lose his claim in the 1600m handicap.

The pair combined with Plavius as Ajtebi became the first local to ride out his claim and he acknowledged the crowd as he passed the post.

A beaming Ajtebi said: “That was brilliant and it is a great feeling. I was hopeful of a winner today and can now start the New Year as a fully-fledged jockey.”

Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and stable jockey Royston Ffrench have enjoyed a great season so far and combined to win the opening 1400m conditions race with local debutant I Am The Best.

Highly tried in the UK, this was his seventh career start and Ffrench said: “Things have gone really well so far and that was a nice effort from a young horse.”

Al Raihe completed a double when Ekhtiaar won the concluding 1200m handicap under Richard Hills to complete a double for winning owner His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose Morghim had won the preceding 2000m handicap.

Trained by Erwan Charpy, Shane Gorey made all on that winner and said: “I was happy out in front and able to quicken away entering the straight. The horse has run on well.”

The 1800m handicap proved the perfect opportunity for Dhruba Selvaratnam’s Dahteer to follow up his Jebel Ali win registered in November.

William Buick took his mount to the front 400m and was impressed by the way the horse responded: “He has done that well as I was always travelling nicely and never really concerned.”