The night was dominated by English trainer Rod Simpson who saddled a memorable treble, highlighted by the victory of Fryvolous in the Purebred Arabian version of the National Day Cup.
Ridden by Richard Mullen, he could be called the winner a long way out and the jockey said: “I was always where I wanted to be and the result was never in much doubt. It was a great performance.”
Simpson added: “I was very hopeful of a big run but could not have expected to win that easily. Things are going very well and I am grateful to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and everyone at Al Asayl for this great opportunity.”
Simpson is in cracking form and won the Abu Dhabi Fillies’ Classic, a 1600m feature for locally-bred three-year-old fillies with Men Abu Dhabi.
The only previous winner in the field, Daragh O’Donohoe was in the saddle and the pair scored comfortably with O’Donohoe explaining: “She has won that well and was always travelling like a winner. She could be decent.”
Simpson had earlier saddled Wafidah to win the opening 1000m maiden with apprentice Sophie Doyle making all the running on the filly having only her fourth start.
It was a second local winner for Doyle who said: “I am really enjoying my time in the UAE and am very grateful to all at Al Asayl for this opportunity.”
Tadhg O’Shea, who would have ridden Mizzna, gained ample compensation in the Listed Thoroughbred version which he won on Emirates Gold, retained by his main employer Erwan Charpy.
The five-year-old son of Royal Applause, always travelling strongly, was short of room 400m out but quickened well once clear to snatch victory close home.
In doing so he became the first horse to win the race twice – having also won it last year.
Charpy said: “He loves these conditions and I was always pretty confident. Once he was in the clear I knew he would get there.”
O’Shea added: “I was concerned for a moment but he has picked up really well once clear.”
Eric Lemartinel may have had to withdraw Mizzna but he gained some compensation when fellow Frenchman Gerald Avranche partnered Dahes to victory in the 1600m conditions race.
Avrance produced the four-year-old to challenge two furlongs out and the pair forged clear to record their second success – having won a course and distance maiden four weeks ago.
Avrance said: “He is going the right way and will hopefully improve again.”
Jockey Mullen completed his own double in the concluding 2200m conditions race which he won on Dhuha W’Rsan, a first winner of the season for Jaci Wickham.