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Prestige cup battle set to take place in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Prestige Cup is the highlight when racing returns to the Abu Dhabi turf on Sunday afternoon.
A 1600m contest for Purebred Arabians, it has attracted an interesting field of 13 with Eric Lemartinel`s Shadiyda heading the weights. The mount of Gerald Avranche, he should be capable of a bold show but may struggle to concede the weight to the Doug Watson-trained Kandar Du Falgas. To be ridden by Tadhg O`Shea, he has been campaigned in the best company and this provides his easiest opportunity for a long time.
Watson is hopeful: "He should go close and it looks a good race in which to bring him back. It was nice to get a couple of winners on Friday and hopefully we can get one Sunday."
As has become the tradition, racing concludes with a Thoroughbred race and 15 have been declared for the mile handicap which looks by far the most competitive race to date of the new season.
Watson and O`Shea combine with Royal Prince who has to be respected but it really is a wide open affair.
Tertiary is an interesting contender for Mubarak Bin Shafya, as is Erwan Charpy`s Contretemps. To be ridden by Willie Supple, he looks a big danger to all and Charpy said: "He is a nice young horse and hopefully can build on what he achieved last year. It does look a tough race though."
Satish Seemar has five in the race with Montmorency the choice of stable jockey Richard Mullen. Book of Music and Warriors Key look the best of the trainer`s remaining quartet.
Dhushan, Five Cents and Ramadia re just three others to consider in what promises to be a great race and perfect end to Abu Dhabi`s first meeting.