The first race of the evening was the $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1) for Purebred Arabians, contested at the World Cup distance of 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles). Amoking led the field through fractions of 27.15, 52.87, and 1:20.37 while being stalked by Vite Royale. Turning for home, Fryvolous, who had raced in mid-pack for the first 3/4 mile, came on to challenge for the lead and took over with 5/16 mile remaining, getting the mile in 1:48.28. Nil Blanc, who was last early, put in a strong rally late but was no match for Fryvolous who cruised under the line 3 1/2 lengths in front, completing the distance in 2:16.25. It was a long 12 lengths back to Paris Gagner third. There was no wagering on this race from North America.
Results chart - from Emirates Racing Authority
Winning trainer Rod Simpson said, "This horse is pure class and the jockey gave it some ride. Daragh O'Donohoe should have been champion jockey and he is now in my eyes."
Jockey Daragh O'Donohoe added, "He traveled great, but I wasn't sure that he would get the trip, though Rod was never in any doubt; so I took my time and when I pressed the button, whoosh, he took off."