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Frynchman and Aqmaar set to clash in first round of Arabian Triple Crown

The opening round of the Arabian Triple Crown, a Listed event for four year olds only, over 1600m, is the official feature at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening on a very interesting six race card.‬‬‪‪

It features a re-match of the course and distance Abu Dhabi Championship first and second Frynchman and Aqmaar, who also finished 1-2 in a maiden at the second meeting back in November.

It will be something of a surprise if anything beats them and Frynchman looks certain to be a hot Pick Six favourite.

Trained by Philippe Barbe, he is to be ridden by Kieren Fallon who said: "He did it nicely last time and he is improving fast. He seems a very nice prospect and should stay further in time."‬‬‪‪

Musabah Al Muhairi trains Aqmaar, to be ridden by Richard Hills who said: "That was an improved run last time and he has shown steady progress for each outing but does have Frynchman to beat."‬‬‪‪

The 2200m prep race for HH The President`s Cup is an intriguing clash between Eric Lemartinel`s Nieshan and Gill Duffield`s UAE newcomer Adjinn D`Arocco, the mount of Hills who said: "His European form is top-class and he is a nice new recruit. We will find out a lot this evening as he has been given a nice break since the summer."‬‬‪‪

Gerald Avranche rides Lemartinel`s charge and said: "We were pleased with his local debut in the National Day Cup and this trip will be much more suitable."‬‬‪‪

Just behind him on that occasion was the Satish Seemar-trained Karmel De Faust who looks best of the rest.‬‬‪‪

Arguably the most competitive race is the only Thoroughbred one, the concluding 1400m handicap and a maximum field of 14 have been declared with several Dubai International Racing Carnival candidates on show.‬‬‪‪

Rashed Bouresly has high hopes for Bab Al Bahrain who is a course winner but does have ground to make up on Seemar`s Montmorency who is seeking a third consecutive win.

Jockey Richard Mullen said: "He has been in great form and is so versatile as he has won here and this season at both Meydan and Sherjah. He should go well."‬‬‪‪

The frustrating Yasoodd has, again, a bad draw and jockey Willie Supple will be needing a lot of luck.

Trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam said: "He always runs well but is very hard to win with and the draw is no help."‬‬‪‪

Marching Time, Dr Smart, Tagseed and Yirga all have to be considered in a wide open contest.‬‬