ABU DHABI // Frynchman starts a clear favourite in tonight’s prestigious Arabian Triple Crown Round 1, but the most intriguing battle on the six-race card in the capital city’s meeting is the clash between Adjinn D’Aroco and Nieshan in the President’s Cup Prep.
Frynchman is unbeaten in two starts and meets some of the rivals he easily defeated twice over the course and distance. Philippe Barbe, the trainer for the Calin Du Loup colt, has retained the services of Kieren Fallon, the six-time British champion jockey who seems to have struck a good partnership with the Al Asayl Stables in Abu Dhabi.
Aqmaar, who chased home Frynchman in both races, is again the main challenger from the quartet in the silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid in the Listed event.
Musabah Al Muhairi trains the Al Sakbe colt, to be ridden by Richard Hills, who said: “That was an improved run last time and he has shown steady progress for each outing but does have Frynchman to beat.”
Hills should have a more realistic chance to win on Adjinn D’Aroco, making his debut in the UAE in the conditions race over 2,200 metres. “His European form is top-class and he is a nice new recruit.” Hills said.
The past two runs for the gelded son of Tidjani have been quite impressive, winning a Group 2 at Newbury in June before finishing third to Jaafer, the Kahayla Classic winner, in the G1 Dubai Championship at Newbury a month later.
Nieshan, who was third behind Dynamite in the G1 National Day Cup in his first run in the Emirates, would have come from that run to pose the main threat over the longer distance.
When: Today, first of the six races is at 5pm
Where: Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club
Feature: Fifth race, Arabian Triple Crown Round 1, 1,600m