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First round of Arabian Triple Crown to take place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is again the main sponsors of their own meeting on Sunday afternoon which is a seven race card starting at 4.30pm.

The official feature is the Listed Arabian Triple Crown Round I, a 1600m contest for four-year-olds, for which eight have been declared.
Last season`s champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe has already saddled Mestor to win three times over course and distance this season under stable jockey Royston Ffrench but the pair have to concede weight all round on what appears their hardest task to date.
He should run well though and Ffrench said: "He is a really nice young horse with a great attitude and has done everything we have asked of him so far. This is a real test for him and we will find out how good he really is but we are hoping he proves up to the task."
On his most recent start he was chased home by the Ernst Oertel-trained Daffagh Al Asayl who was making his UAE debut on only his second career outing.
He has to be respected under Cristian Demuro who will be sporting the colours of His Higghness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Trainer Majed Al Jahouri introduces two newcomers to the UAE for His Excellency Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and both would appear to hold major claims.
Champion Jockey Wayne Smith rides Naseem, a Listed winner on his penultimate start in France, while stable companion Rakha, to be ridden by Tadhg O`Shea, is also a Listed race winner in France.
Stable companion Thakif could not have been more impressive winning a course and distance maiden last week and Mestor will need a career best effort to protect his unbeaten local record.
Seraphin Du Paon is surely the star attraction on the card and makes his seasonal debut in the prep race for HH The President`s Cup, a race he won last year before completing a memorable double in the Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night.
He was trained by Philippe Barbe then but is now in the care of Ernst Oertel who replaced Barbe at Al Asayl Stables and Oertel has secured the services of Dubai World Cup winning jockey Mirco Demuro to partner his stable star.
Demuro`s brother Cristain rides stable companion Time Out, with James Doyle on Frynchman to complete a strong trio.
Oertel who said: "Obviously Seraphin Du Paon is our main hope but he will certainly improve for the run with his big targets further down the line. Hopefully he will be hard to beat though. Frynchman ran very well on his only run so far this season when Time Out was a bit disappointing."
Doug Watson`s Nirwan, Eric Lemartinel`s Raked and Al Jahouri`s Waasel will have their supporters but UAE debutante Djanet Monlau could be the main danger for Julio Peromingo.
She has strong Group One form in Europe and has the assistance of Champion Jockey Wayne Smith.
Smith has chosen to ride Celtic King for his boss Musabah Al Muhairi in the only Thoroughbred race, a 1300m handicap.

That leaves Gerald Avranche to ride stable companion Always Emirates in a race Watson`s Dhergaam, Dhruba Selvaratnam`s Parvaaz and Satish Seemar`s Jose Adan should all go well.