Seraphin gives UAE President HH The President`s Cup

Abu Dhabi`s most valuable race, the AED1million HH The President`s Cup, a Group One 2200m contest for Purebred Arabians, was the highlight of Sunday evening`s six race card on the Capital`s turf track.
Fittingly it was won by Seraphin Du Paon, with Olivier Peslier sporting the colours of the United Arab Emirates` President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Trained by Philippe Barbe, it was a second win in the Emirates for the horse and a winner for Peslier on his first visit. He said: "Mr Barbe told me he had a big chance and I was more than happy to take the ride. He travelled like a really nice horse and won well. I cannot wait to come back!"
The Group Three Al Ruwais Stakes, over the minimum 1000m trip, produced an exciting finish with Dariya denying the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Zells Fred in the shadows of the post. Ted Durcan rode the winner for Saifaldin Deeb and it was a remarkable training performance considering the horse had been off the track for over 500 days.
Durcan said: "It was a very close call but luckily we just prevailed and all credit to the trainer and his team to bring the horse back after injury and such a long lay-off."
Af Alghabra has been a true star for trainer Gill Duffield in recent times and maintained her unbeaten record for the season when winning the 1600m conditions race, the Abu Dhabi Emirates Breeders` Cup, under Tadhg O`Shea. Not only was it her third win of the season, but her seventh in succession from only nine starts and O`Shea said: "She is a great partner in these races and on a real roll. Gill has done remarkably well with her and, hopefully, she can keep winning."
The only Thoroughbred race on the card was a 2400m handicap and it went to Too Much Trouble, another winner for the bang in form Musabah Al Muhairi who had three winners at Meydan on Saturday and won the Jebel Ali Mile on Friday with Snaafy.
Wayne Smith was in the saddle and said: "The yard are going very well and long may it continue!"
Racing opened with a 1200m maiden which was won by the Jaber Bittar-trained Million who, under Pat Cosgrave, collared long-time leader Intissar W`Rsan close home.
The concluding 1000m handicap was won by Tadgh O`Shea on Af Maqam Alezz trained by Eric Lemartinel.