Iguaza Falls makes all in National Day Cup prep

Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club has proved a happy hunting ground in recent years for Frenchmen Gerald Avranche and Eric Lemartinel and, as they did at the first meeting last week, they combined for a double.

Lemartinel actually saddled a 1-2 in the 2200m handicap, the most valuable of the five Purebred Arabian races.

Avranche was on the right one with Samira De Carrere running on strongly to deny stable companion Baher.‬‬‪‪

They had earlier combined to win the 1600m handicap with the ultra consistent Albar Lotois and Avranche is enjoying his forays to Abu Dhabi from his new base in Qatar (having been in Bahrain in recent times).

He said: "Racing in Abu Dhabi on Sundays fits in with my Qatar commitments and it is nice to come and get a few winners. The yard are in form and we have some nice horses to look forward to."‬‬‪‪

The only Thoroughbred race, the 1600m prep race for the Listed National Day Cup in three weeks time, was won by Iguaza Falls under Xavier Ziani for trainer Mubarak bin Shafya.

It was a comfortable success and the jockey was delighted: "He has done that really well in what looked a good heat. He was happy out in front and quickened well when I asked him."‬‬‪‪

French duo David Badel and trainer Philippe Barbe were also in double form last week and added one more to their tally when Frynchman won the opening 1600m maiden.‬‬‪‪

Trainer Tony Manuel and jockey Pat Dobbs have also made bright starts to their respective seasons and they combined with Platine De Sinuhe who won the 2200m maiden, while Athena won the 1400m conditions race for trainer Ahmed Al Shamsi. He made virtually all under Antioco Murgia.‬‬