Classy fields line up for both National Day Cups in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club generously sponsor the National Day Cups, both for Purebred Arabians and Thoroughbreds, as the Capital`s turf track hosts its fourth meeting of the season on Sunday evening.

Both features are over 1600m and 14 have been declared for the Group One Purebred Arabian version which is the penultimate race on the card.

The admirable ten-year-old Dynamite is seeking a third win in the race he first won in 2006 and did so again last year.

Adrian Nicholls takes the ride for owner/trainer Hassan Saleh Al Hammadi and the jockey said: "It is nice to get a live chance in a big race like this. Conditions obviously suit him and I am hoping he runs well."

Fryvolous is another previous winner of the race, having landed the 2008 renewal for Rod Simpson. Ernst Oertel will saddle the eight-year-old this year with Ted Durcan in the saddle and Pat Cosgrave on stable companion Time Out who won the prep race a fortnight ago from Fryvolous.

Oertel said: "I was delighted with them both in the prep when Time Out had the advantage of a previous run. Frivolous will have come on a lot for that and I hope both run big races but Group Ones are not easy to win."

Eric Lemartinel is another trainer with two live hopes and Gerald Avranche has chosen to ride Albar Lotois with David Badel picking up a nice spare ride on Nieshan.

Avranche`s mount won over course and distance at the first meeting of the season and the jockey said: "They are two nice horses and it is never easy to choose in this situation. They are both very capable of going close but Albar Lotois did win first time and that effort just helped with the choice."

Doug Watson`s Kandar Du Falgas rarely runs a bad race and may prove best of the rest along with Rabah De Carrere, one of three in the race for trainer Gill Duffield.

All eyes will be on His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s Jaasoos, the mount of James Doyle, in the Thoroughbred equivalent, a Listed contest for which 12 have been declared.

Trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam, he bids to become the first horse to win the race three times but will need to overcome stall 12 if he is to do so.

Selvaratnam said: "We enjoyed a good day at Meydan on Friday with a treble and it would be nice to continue that form to Abu Dhabi but the draw is a big worry and it looks a stronger race than those he won in 2009 and last year."

The Doug Watson-trained Marching Time won the prep race for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum under his retained jockey Tadhg O`Shea who, significantly, chooses to ride stable companion War Monger.

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe also has two genuine chances with Monte Alto and Il Grande Maurizio, with stable jockey Royston Ffrench electing to ride the latter on whom he won at Meydan`s first meeting of the season.

Richard Mullen has chosen to ride Montmorency of two Satish Seemar runners with Harry Bentley taking over on Eddie Jock.