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Royal praise for HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival

At a private reception held at Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, 13 November 2017, Global Ambassador of the Women of the Future programme, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, received Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), to discuss the recent activities of the Festival and its 10-year anniversary celebrations.

As category sponsors of the prestigious Women of the Future Awards, which takes place at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, Lara Sawaya together with VIP guests, sponsors and dignitaries of the Awards were welcomed to the Bow Room, an exclusive State Room at the Palace used for entertaining private audiences of The Queen and British Royals.

Following the Festival’s week-long programme of Arabian horseracing activities in Abu Dhabi between the 7th and 12th of November 2017, which saw 12-year-old British rider Mia Ann Nicholls win the inaugural HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Race Final, The Countess was delighted to learn about the Festival’s ongoing efforts to develop and encourage the careers of young jockeys, together with promoting the success of female riders as part of the world-renowned HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race series.

Thanks to the Festival’s involvement in the Women of the Future Awards this will be the second consecutive year horseracing has achieved representation in the Sport category shortlist, with Professional National Hunt and Flat jockey Alice Mills qualifying for selection in 2016, and Amateur National Hunt and Flat jockey Page Fuller who is in the running to receive this year’s award.

Lara Sawaya commented, “It was a special moment for the Festival to be received at Buckingham Palace by Her Royal Highness and commended for the work of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

‘The Festival’s sponsorship of the Women of the Future Sport Award reflects the collective dedication of HH Sheikh Mansoor and HH Sheikha Fatima to support women of all ages and backgrounds, not only in horseracing but across all sports.

‘We wish Page Fuller the best of luck tomorrow and would like to congratulate Mia Ann Nicholls, our first HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Race Champion, for her inspirational achievements in Abu Dhabi last week.”

For more information about the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival and the Women of the Future Awards please visit www.sheikhmansoorfestival.com and www.womenofthefuture.co.uk.

Picture courtesy of Erroll Jones. High-res available upon request.

Caption: Lara Sawaya (left) joins HRH The Countess of Wessex at a private reception held in honour of the Women of the Future Awards at Buckingham Palace on Monday, 13 November 2017. 

CHEIK ROQUE HEADS TO THE JEWEL CROWN

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to learn that Cheik Roque, trained by Phil Collington in Newmarket for Athbah Stud, will head to the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Gr1 PA). With a prize fund of €1.2 million Euros, it is the world’s richest Arabian horse race and will be run on Friday November 10 at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

The globe-trotting Cheik Roque finished second in Italy on his latest start and is the first UK trained runner to line-up  in the feature event which concludes the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival racing season for 2017. Collington commented: “It was a great run by Cheik Roque to finish second in Italy. I have been delighted with his performances all season in the UK and am honoured to receive the invitation. We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor and Lara Sawaya for the opportunity to compete in this prestigious event.”

Also on the supporting card will be the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) and the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) finals. The UK will be represented in the ladies’ finals by Rosie Jessop. Jessop booked her place when winning the Belgian stage of the contest and bids to emulate fellow UK lady jockey Catherine Walton who was successful in Abu Dhabi in 2016. Though yet to ride in Arabian races in the UK, Jessop who is apprenticed to Newmarket thoroughbred trainer Sir Mark Prescott, has had plenty of experience riding Arabians in Bahrain for Alan Smith.

Jessop said: “I am very much looking forward to the experience as it’s a track I’ve not yet been to. I really appreciate the opportunity to take part in this series and I am grateful to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for what they are doing to promote professional and amateur lady riders around the world.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and of its’ Executive Director, Lara Sawaya. It is great to see a UK trained horse taking part in the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown and we wish Cheik Roque and his team every success next month. We also extend our good wishes to Rosie Jessop and would be delighted if she could record back to back successes for the UK in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) finals.”

Photo: Cheik Roque and Tadhg O’Shea winning the Emirates Premier Handicap at DIAR 2017 (C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

HARC press release

Declarations are done! 11 starters prepare for the 2100m HARC European Championship on 30th October in Ghlin, Belgium offering a purse of Euros 20,000.

The big surprise for the forthcoming HARC Championship is the running of an Iranian horse that has travelled especially for this race all the way from Iran to Ireland, where it spent its last weeks of preparation at Highfort stud. One can guess the owner, Mr Mohammed Reza GHANEI ARDAKANI and his translator Hamid Reza MOJTAHEDZADEH, who started this venture are quite excited about it. The horse Ganj Beik is one of the better Heritage racehorses in Iran having won a HARC race not so long ago. The sire of the paternal granddam was the well-known black stallion Samarquand that Mary Gharagozlou loved so much. He was a son of Arras, a horse Mary used to ride herself. We wish Ganj Beik the best of luck giving attention to the Iranian breed of Asil horses, tracing way back in the history of the Arab breed.

Also new to HARC and very much appreciated, is the participation of the two Italian Heritage horses, both belonging to Angela Origgi. Italy joined HARC racing just this year but have a strong tradition of racing Arab horses, especially in Sardinia, where the major state-stud produced very athletic Arabian horses. Both 3-year old contenders for the HARC-Championship are bred by La Bosana Stud:- Ibis Bosana of Egyptian/Russian /Polish bloodlines and Ianua Bosana of Russian/Polish lineage.
The Russian breeders (Tersk and Samovolov Stud) send again this year their good horses to compete in this HARC-Championship which means so much to the Russian Arab breeders. We all remember Sakmagon Tersk who finished second last year only 3/4th length behind the winner … and thus contributing to the victory of Russia for the Nations Cup Sakmagon Tersk will form the Russian team with two more colts, Ceylon the older one (2012) belonging to Valentin Bukhtoyarov and the young, but very successful in his homeland, Gidon belonging to Samovolov Stud. All 3 horses have been on the road since last Monday … and we wish them safe travels and good condition upon arrival.

The Swedish delegation has three horses who also competed last year:- the overall winner Pamill’s Lipse has a very favorable weight this year as she did not run in her home country in Heritage races, which she very probably would have won, but instead tackled open races of higher level where she did not achieve higher than third. Still a great performance for a Heritage horse in an open race. Her travelling companions Mr Maximus and RM Estelle both contributed last year to secure the second position in the Nations Cup.

Kallista, our only GB Heritage horse going for competition abroad is a strong competitor and won/placed several times in HARC and open races in England. Owner Paul Simmons will hopefully be present this year in Ghlin to offer support for this special occasion of his Sambist daughter trained by Peter Hammersley.

The only Belgian–trained contender is the Romanian-bred Demona by a Russian sire, but out of old bloodlines bred by Mangalia, the National Stud of Romania. Her owner, Guillaume Filet is in fact French, living in Romania and is working very hard there to start up again the races for Arabian horses and in particular for the Heritage horses. Till now, only very little French blood has found its way to Romania, and the Romanians have a strong pride of their national breeding.

We wish good luck to all horses and their connections.

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CAREER SUCCESS FOR GRADUATE OF ARABIAN RACING

Following the final fixture of the 2017 UK season, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) offers their warmest congratulations to ARO Judge, Michael Roberts, on taking up his appointment as a Judge for the British Horseracing Authority. Roberts started his career with ARO three seasons ago, initially in a support capacity, however his long-term aim was always to be a judge.

The primary function of the role is to place the horses as they cross the line, with the support of photo-finish technology where necessary. His role also includes monitoring the sponsorship scheme for owners. He began training for the position at the end of May and undertook his first appointment at Uttoxeter on 28th July. Working primarily in the North West, he has already been as far afield as Chepstow and Market Rasen, and he welcomes the level of variety that the role provides.

Of his time with ARO and his recent appointment, Roberts said: “I’ve aspired to work in racing for a long time and saw ARO as an opportunity to get to know one of the lesser known areas of the sport. I have made some good friends and hope that I’ll be able to continue judging for ARO alongside my BHA commitments.”

He continued: “The experience I’ve gained with ARO has been critical in terms of being offered the BHA position, from having experience I could use in the initial application, to being able to discuss my understanding of the role at interview. There are only about 10 BHA judges in the country, meaning competition for any vacancies is likely to be strong, so having practical experience that makes you stand out is key. I’d encourage anyone who wants to work in racing to join the team at ARO, everyone there has been fantastic, but Genny and Peter Haynes, Gary Capewell and Tricia Newman have been hugely supportive and really helped me to find my feet in the early days.

ARO Director Genny Haynes commented: “Obviously we are delighted for Michael on his new appointment as a BHA Judge. This is yet another example of how Arabian Racing can benefit the wider racing industry by giving opportunities for education and career progression in all areas, not just riding and training horses. ARO wishes Michael every success.”

LB FARRAH CLAIMS SECOND HARC CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE SEASON FINALE AT HUNTINGDON

The UK Arabian racing Season Finale saw LB Farrah and Teresa Gavin claim their second Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) UK Championship, following their decisive win in the HARC Handicap Conditions race, run over two miles at Huntingdon racecourse. Facing a field of 10 runners, they finished six lengths clear of Kallista, with Windsor’s HARC winner, Top Trip, half a length away in third.

LB Farrah (Sambist x Simeon Safira) who Gavin owns, trains and rides, won the first HARC race of the 2017 season, a conditions event over a mile at Taunton and has twice been placed in handicaps over the summer, before returning to HARC company for her final win of the year.

Gavin commented: “I’m absolutely delighted LB Farrah has been crowned Champion UK HARC Horse for the second consecutive year. She has come on again from her success last year and although she has always been a quirky mare, she has always thrived on her work. I feel this season she has noticeably matured and grown stronger again too.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her for winning the HARC race at Huntingdon, she has never run over two miles before, but I knew she would give everything she had. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors for establishing this series of races.”

There was further HARC success at Huntingdon, as Insignia (Istfahan x Waterlily), won the first race on the card, the Friends of Arabian Racing Memorial (0-40) Handicap. He had opened his account in the HARC Maiden at Wolverhampton in June and had also been second to Top Trip at Windsor in a HARC Handicap race last month. Trained by ARO Champion Trainer James Owen for his parents (and Insignia’s breeders), Jenny and Herbie Owen, Insignia was a close runner-up in the overall HARC horse championship.

Gemma Cobb, the out-going ARO Racing Operations Executive said: “It was a great finish to the season at Huntingdon and we are pleased with the way that HARC has been embraced by our owners and trainers. We ended the season with 17 horses registered. LB Farrah and Insignia were dual winners, whilst Kallista (HARC Championship 3rd) and Top Trip (HARC Championship 4th) won a race a piece.”

ARO Director Genny Haynes commented: “We thank HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Heritage Arabian Racing Club for their series of races. 2017 has been our most successful in terms of the number of Purebred Arabian entries and declarations in all our races for some time and we look forward to building on this seasons’ success next year.”

 


LB Farrah and Teresa Gavin win from Kallista (right) and Top Trip (left) in the HARC H’cp Conditions race over a mile at Huntingdon

(C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media 2017

FOUR-TIMER FOR ARO CHAMPION OWEN AT THE SEASON FINALE AT HUNTINGDON

The final fixture of the UK Arabian racing season was dominated by trainer James Owen, who rounded off his most successful year yet by winning the first four races on the card with Insignia, Mahaasen, Dolfina D’Ibos and Tatbeeq. Owen had already been confirmed as ARO Champion Trainer for a second season going into the fixture, as had Champion Lady Jockey Joanna Mason, who also rode Mahaasen and Tatbeeq. Insignia and Bronze Final winner Dolfina D’Ibos, provided multiple champion jockey Simon Walker with a double, however this year the Jockeys’ Championship went to David Turner, whilst Ellie Mackenzie was crowned Champion Novice Jockey.

ARO Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum won his sixteenth ARO Owners Championship, and thanks to Mahaasen, Tatbeeq and Almareekh, who won the Gold Final for Phil Collington, he recorded a treble on the day. Commenting on His Highness’s success, Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster said: “It is wonderful that HH Sheikh Hamdan has once again become leading owner. He is passionate about the Arabian horse and he puts so much into promoting Arabian racing around the world.”

He continued: “On behalf of HH Sheikh Hamdan I would like to thank everyone involved in making this achievement possible once more. HH Sheikh Hamdan would also like to thank ARO and everyone involved in arranging the race programme for all their hard work.”

Owen was delighted with how his team had performed saying: “I’m so pleased for my parents who bred Insignia, he’ll probably be retired, but they have really enjoyed racing this season and have some nice youngsters coming through for next year. I think Mahaasen was lucky as Taqdeeraat got left at the start, but she had the benefit of experience to help her. Tatbeeq has been slowly coming to hand, he really tried today and he should improve over the winter. Dolfina D’Ibos has run for me almost every meeting, but she has strengthened throughout the season and Simon gets on really well with her. She’s sound and she’s tough – she’s won on the All Weather, she’s won on the grass, she’s given some of our novice jockeys a great experience and ended up as Champion Arabian and Champion mare.”

He thanked his principal owner, HH Sheikh Hamdan for his loyalty saying: “It’s been wonderful with his young horses coming through, and exciting with three-year-olds like Al Kaaser and Rafeef for next season. Shadwell are such a great team to work with, it’s a privilege to train His Highness’s horses and I just hope I can train some nice winners for him in the future. I’m also really pleased for all my staff at home, they work really hard, they enjoy coming racing and their parents come along too. We’re a happy team.”

ARO Champion Lady Jockey, Joanna Mason was also recording her second consecutive championship. She thanked Owen for his support saying: “It’s thanks to him that I’ve been able to ride nice horses. It’s amazing to get 10 winners, I would never have dreamt that was possible at the start of the season.”

Though he had to settle for a third and a second on the day, David Turner secured his first ARO Jockeys’ title and is not far short of recording a landmark of 100 career winners. He commented: “It’s been a very good season thanks to all of Peter Hammersley’s owners and of course the Royal Cavalry of Oman. I’ve always been thereabouts in the Championship over the years, and mostly this season, I’ve ridden the lower rated horses, which proves you can win a title from the lower end. However, some have been really nice horses who I’m sure will progress next year.”

Racing Welfare Ambassador Ellie Mackenzie was crowned Champion Novice Jockey, she commented: “It’s been absolutely fantastic to be given the opportunities that I have and Racing Welfare have been good to me too. I’m so lucky, I never expected it to be such a great season and to win a Group 2 race at Dubai International Arabian Races on my first ride there was incredible.”

The Silver Final went to Parma T, ridden by Morgan Winstone for the Bull family. She had won the GoldFinal last year, but having slipped in the ratings, was back to her best when it mattered. The Heritage Arabian Racing Club Handicap Conditions race was won by LB Farrah for Teresa Gavin, which assured her place as the 2017 UK HARC Champion, which she had also won last year.

 

Trainer Phil Collington scored with Cheik Roque in the ARO Open Handicap for Athbah Stud and Almareekh in the Gold Final for HH Sheikh Hamdan. Though finishing runner-up again in the trainers’ title, he had recorded his best season to date.

Gemma Cobb, the out-going ARO Racing Operations Executive said: “It has been a great finish to the season at Huntingdon today, with the Gold, Silver and Bronze Finals proving very competitive and producing some fantastic finishes. We have had some great racing throughout the season and it is a credit to all the hard work put in behind the scenes by owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff. I have met many passionate individuals and wouldn’t have had the opportunity to gain as much experience anywhere else. I fully intend to utilise everything I have learnt at ARO in the future.”

ARO Director Genny Haynes said: “We thank HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his support of Arabian racing and congratulate him for securing his sixteenth ARO Owners Championship. We also thank the Arabian Horse Organization for their sponsorship of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Finals, Forta Stud for sponsoring the fillies’ maiden and the Heritage Arabian Racing Club for their series of races.”

She continued: “We also thank Baileys Horse Feeds for sponsoring the Best Turned Out awards today and to Racing Welfare for their sponsorship of the Best Turned Out Championships. Peter Hammersley’s staff won the large yard team award, and Ria Tillet of Collington Racing won the individual award (large yard), whilst Sarah Davenport and Jayme Plumb shared the small yard individual award.”

She also congratulated Paul Simmons, who was appointed to the board of Directors at ARO earlier in the year, on receipt of the Shomran Trophy and Ellie Mackenzie who received the Grass Roots Award from Anna and Brian Wallace. Both awards recognise an individuals’ contribution to the sport throughout the season. The ARO Best Newcomer Award went to Said Al Badi of the Royal Cavalry of Oman, who was not present to receive it. The AHS Leading Owner award went to Heather Phillpott, AHS Leading trainer was Teresa Gavin and AHS Premium Scheme winner was LB Farrah.

Concluding Haynes said: “We also thank the staff at Huntingdon and all the racecourse teams who have hosted ARO fixtures and single races this year. 2017 has been our most successful in terms of the number of Purebred Arabian entries and declarations for some time and we look forward to building on this seasons’ success next year.”

62 RUNNERS DECLARED FOR ARO SEASON FINALE AT HUNTINGDON

The final fixture of the UK Arabian racing season takes place this Saturday, 23rd September, at Huntingdon racecourse in Cambridgeshire, with 62 runners declared. The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) Season Finale will start at 1pm, with an eight-race card, headed by the Gold, Silver and Bronze Finals, plus two further handicaps and maiden races, sponsored by the Arabian Horse Organization, Forta Stud and the Heritage Arabian Racing Club. As the last UK fixture of the 2017 it is where the Season’s Champions will be crowned. Whilst it is certain that ARO Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan will win his sixteenth ARO Owners Championship, James Owen his second Trainers title and Joanna Mason her second Lady Jockeys title, the remaining championships are not so definite, promising a thrilling afternoon of racing.

Gemma Cobb, Arabian Racing Organisation Racing Operations Executive said: “ARO looks forward to our final fixture of 2017 and I’m sure that though many of the championships look to be settled, there could be some close finishes which may turn things around, which will add to the excitement. We thank Huntingdon racecourse and all the days’ sponsors for their support of this meeting.”

She continued: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and congratulate him in advance of receipt of his sixteenth ARO Owners Championship. It is thanks to his patronage and the support of all our sponsors in 2017 which have contributed to the success of the sport this season, ensuring the future of Purebred Arabian racing in the UK.”

HAT-TRICK FOR COLLINGTON AT FINAL UK WATHBA STALLIONS FIXTURE AT CHELSMFORD CITY

Trainer Philip Collington recorded his first hat-trick of the 2017 season with wins for Alwaleed, Saleemah and Hau Kola at the final Wathba Stallions sponsored UK fixture at Chelmsford City on Saturday. There was also a treble for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who owned and bred Alwaleed and Saleemah and also Al Kaaser who is trained by James Owen. Recording doubles were jockeys Will Pettis (Alwaleed and Saleemah) and Charlie Price (Hau Kola and Kayclaire), whilst trainer Delyth Thomas’s double was more notable because Kiraa is the dam of Kayclaire. The mother and daughter combination have previously been dual winners for Thomas at a HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival fixture at Hereford last year.

Going in to the fixture, HH Sheikh Hamdan was already confirmed as Champion Owner for the 14th time. The remaining Championships now look more settled, as following his win on Asra Min Al-Talqa in the opening race, David Turner, is now four wins clear of his nearest rival, Will Pettis in the Jockeys table. Whilst trainer James Owen, is five winners clear of Phil Collington and looks more assured to claim his second consecutive title, as does Joanna Mason, who is four clear in the Lady Jockeys’ Championship.

Gemma Cobb, Arabian Racing Organisation(ARO) Racing Operations Executive said: “It was a pleasure to host our final Wathba Stallions fixture of 2017 at Chelsmford City. ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Lara Sawaya. Run as part of the Festival, the Wathba Stallions UK series offers welcome support to the sports grass roots with races including handicaps, maidens and conditions events to cater for all grades.” She continued: “This was our fourth visit to Chelmsford City racecourse this year and we are delighted with how our sport has been received by the local racegoers, who clearly love their racing. We thank all the staff at the track for their support and assistance this season.”

 

Photos (C) Megan Rose Photography

NAFEES DOMINATES IN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UAE CUP (UK ARABIAN DERBY) ON DONCASTER ST LEGER DAY

The Royal Cavalry of Oman’s homebred colt, Nafees, dominated the final stages of the Group 1 President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) run at Doncaster this afternoon. Drawing clear in the hands of Tadhg O’Shea, the colt won by two and a quarter lengths, from Ahzar who had finished much closer in the French equivalent at Chantilly in June, with Motrag almost two lengths further behind.

Trainer Charles Gourdain, who is based in Pau in France, was delighted with his colt’s win saying: “It is the last Group 1 race for four-year-olds this season and he has shown today that he is the best of his generation. I would like him to have a break now and we will look forward to next year.”

Tadhg O’Shea was also pleased with Nafees, commenting: “He’s a really nice horse. Charles told me to drop him in and ride him with loads of confidence. He settled well, maybe I had him too switched off, so I had to give him a shake of the reins, but to be fair, he really picked up the bridle. He’s a very good four-year-old with a potent turn of foot.”

Representing the Royal Cavalry was their Racing and Bloodstock advisor, Jean-Pierre Deroubaix, who thanked Oman, His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said and Brigadier General Abdulrazak Al Shahwarzi of the Royal Cavalry for the opportunity to manage their stable.

Of the Nafees’s performance he said: “We had to run against older horses in the summer, but this race was perfect for him. The trainer gave good orders and the jockey followed them. Somedays it doesn’t work, but today it was perfect.”

Faisal Al Rahmani, General Secretary for the President of the UAE Cup series, was happy to be back for a second year saying: “It’s been a beautiful day, it’s wonderful to run the President of the UAE Cup on such a prestigious race day in the UK. We want to progress this series across the world.”

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) had been thrilled by the prospect of a rematch between Nafees and Ahzar and the race itself did not disappoint. Run over a mile and a quarter, The President of the UAE Cup had resumed its’ association with the UK Arabian Derby last year and is exclusively for four-year-old Purebred Arabians. Sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, it boasts a prize fund of £80,000, with £40,000 to the winner.

ARO Director, Genny Haynes commented: “We are delighted for the Royal Cavalry of Oman, who have also been a long-term supporter and sponsor of Arabian racing in this country. This the final Group 1 of the UK Arabian racing season, and the last for the Purebred Arabian classic generation in Europe. We hope that Nafees, Ahzar and Motrag emulate last year’s winner and placed horses who have all won Group 1 races across Europe this year, which has really upheld the form of this race, and the value of Arabian racing in the UK and worldwide.”

She continued: “We are extremely grateful to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their generous support of our feature race for four-year-olds. Moving the President of the UAE Cup to St Leger Day itself this year, further enhances the prestige of the race and the status of Arabian racing in the UK, with it being run as part of Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year. We thank all the team at Doncaster for helping to promote the day and for their support of Arabian racing.”

Photos (C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media.

ARO LOOKS FORWARD TO FINAL UK WATHBA STALLIONS FIXTURE AT CHELSMFORD CITY

The Arabian Racing Organisation looks forward to their final Wathba Stallions sponsored UK fixture of 2017. The seven-race card to be run at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Saturday 16th September, will get underway at 1.00pm. Run as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the Wathba Stallion series offers welcome support to the sports grass roots with the days’ races including a range of handicaps, plus a maiden and a conditions event for juveniles to cater for all grades.

Gemma Cobb, Arabian Racing Organisation Racing Operations Executive said: “It is a pleasure to host our final Wathba Stallions fixture of 2017. ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Lara Sawaya. The last HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Wathba Stallions sponsored meeting held at Chelmsford City in August also included the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, the first ever Group 1 race to be staged at the track. Held in conjunction with their popular music nights, it drew a huge crowd, introducing a while new audience to top class Purebred Arabian racing.”

She continued: “This is our fourth visit to Chelmsford City racecourse this year and we are delighted with how our sport has been received by the local racegoers, who clearly love their racing. We thank all the staff at the track for their support and assistance this season.”

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