There were few surprises, and as the betters expected, Sharima (v. Dormane) owned by Kees Mol from Holland from Holland won the first race, the Sh. Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup, safely with two and a half lengths lead. Sharima with champion jockey Andrasch Starke in the saddle gained an early lead and was able to build on it all the way to the finishing line. The mare trained by Diana Dörenberg was favourite, she had already achieved three first and two second places this year – among others she won the Dubai Cup in Cologne.
The battle for second place between the 6 year-old Chestnut Barq (v. Barour de Cardonne) and the four year-old grey mare Blitter’s Plonja (v. Marwan I) was suspenseful. At the finishing line Barq, owned by Birgit Dörflinger and trained by Mieczyslaw Melnicki was a nose ahead. Blitters Plonja, also from the training stable of Diana Dörenberg came in third. Sayf, Sankado und Kentaur Kossack followed quite a few lengths behind, but still in money.
The most important Arab race of the day was the Dubai–Frankfurt Partnership Cup for three year olds and older, which was tendered internationally with a prize money of 12.000 €. The favourite won here too, Marvin El Samawi (v. Marwan I) with odds of 14:10. This was the second success of the day for trainer Melnicki and jockey A. Reznikov. Marvin won after a long finish in the home stretch in which he slowly but surely pulled past Banjo du Loup, to finish with one and a half lengths lead. Marvin added a further triumph to his unequalled series of 6 first places by six starts in 2009. Altogether he has won over 40.000 € in 2009. His owner Jutta Hietzscholdt can be more than satisfied with this, she has never had such a crack horse running. In the second place came Banjo du Loup (v. Darike), ridden by Xaver Weißmeier and owned by Christian Prince of Fürstenberg, the president of DRAV. The bay, trained by Waldemar Himmel showed a good finish against Marvin, but had to eventually admit defeat. Four lengths later followed Bachi Bouzouk (v. Pepe le Mocco) from the Nibbering stable. He ran with some success in 2007, but has had only one win in 2009. Djetkan, Poulain Kossack who had led the field for a good distance, but whose strength waned in the home stretch and Amor Amor followed in the places four to six, and therefore still in money.
The tenth and last race of the day was the Dubai Criterium with a prize money of 10.000 €. The favourite also won here, Terach El Samawi (v. Tidjani), bred, owned and trained by Regine Weißmeier and ridden by her son Franz Xaver Weißmeier – a veritable “family affair” and a grand success for the stud farm and training stable El Samawi. He was narrowly beaten in his last race in Frankfurt by Al Anqa and Nil Ishan, today he won in a tense finish in front of Nasch (Barour de Cardonne) and Padishak (v. Baron of Tersk). Nasch, once more a fosterling of Mieczyslaw Melnicki and owned by Jutta Hitzscholdt, has won twice this year and reached one placing, the second place in Frankfurt is, measured on the importance of the race, however his greatest success to date. Third placed Padishak owned by Marguerita Fuller and trained by Pavel Vovcenko is insofar something „special“ as he is the best purebred arabian of this raceday with a “pure Russian” pedigree and not of French descent. Also in money were Triple X, Grande Duchess T and FF Terska – from whom the betters had expected more, in the places three to six.