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HH The President`s Cup prep to take place on Sunday

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club are again the main sponsors at their fifth meeting of the season this Sunday when the Thoroughbreds take centre stage with the 1400m prep race for HH The President`s Cup.



Twelve have been declared with the weights headed by last week`s National Day Cup winner Il Grande Maurizio.



Trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, the 7yo is seeking his third won of the campaign with stable jockey Royston Ffrench again in the saddle as he has been for both the horse`s two previous wins this season.



He is penalised for last week`s win and has to give weight all round as a result and Ffrench said: "He came out of that race in great form and has won well both times this season. The drop in trip should not be a problem and hopefully he can run another big race."



Al Raihe`s charge denied Jaasoos, trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam for his main patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, an historic third National Day Cup and Selvaratnam again saddles a big danger in Laa Rayb.



He made a pleasing return to action in a 1400m conditions race at Jebel Ali and the return to turf should not hinder his chances. James Doyle takes the ride.



Satish Seemar saddles three with stable jockey Richard Mullen electing to ride Signs In The Sand who has his first start for the yard after one UAE run for Godolphin last year.



Only a three-year-old, this will be his seventh career start and Mullen said: "He is a nice new addition to the yard and one we are looking forward to running. We will find out a lot about him in a decent little race."



Richard Hills made a perfect start to his UAE season when winning on the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Mujaazef on Friday at Jebel Ali and the jockey looks to have a big chance here on Mutheeb.



Both are owned by the jockey`s main employer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum but Mutheeb is in the capable hands of Musabah Al Muhairi.



Hills said: "He has not had many starts for a six-year-old and won at the [Dubai World Cup] Carnival last year. He must have a chance of going close but will certainly come on for the run."



The best of the Purebred Arabian action is arguably the penultimate race on the card, a 2200m handicap and last week`s Sharjah winners Estiqraar and Versac Py seek a quick return to the winner`s enclosure.



They are clearly in good heart and may have most to fear from top-weight Burkan Al Asayl and Bader who takes a massive step up in trip having won his maiden over 1400m.