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ROYAL CAVALRY OF OMAN PREMIER HANDICAP AT DONCASTER

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was pleased with the 13 entries received for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Premier Handicap to be run over 2 miles at Doncaster on June 3. The Royal Cavalry of Oman are a long term supporter of Arabian racing in the UK and maintain their UK sponsorship for this season having increased their support in 2016.

The highlight for the Royal Cavalry is The Sultanate of Oman Raceday, a full fixture, which returns to Royal Windsor racecourse on August 28th, Bank Holiday Monday. This compliments a range of single races run on thoroughbred cards, from the lower levels to the highest, of which the Doncaster race is the first this season.  It also includes The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes, a Group 3 run over 5 furlongs at Newbury on August 19.

ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “ARO welcomes the continued support of The Royal Cavalry of Oman who have been part of Arabian racing in the UK for more than ten years. Their sponsorship got off to a successful start with six of eight races at our Taunton fixture last Sunday. In addition, since returning to the UK training ranks, they have had winner at each meeting and horses placed, and we wish them continued success throughout the season.”

She continued: “We also thank the racecourse teams at Taunton, Doncaster, Bath, Newbury and Windsor for their support of the Royal Cavalry’s sponsorship in 2017.”

UK DIAR PROGRAMME GETS UNDERWAY AT CHELMSFORD CITY

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomed three overseas entries and a further 17 domestic entries to the first of two UK prep races for Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) which will be held at Chelmsford City Racecourse on June 1. With ten entries per races, the two DIAR prep races support the Hatta International Stakes (for Fillies and Mares) and the Za’abeel International Stakes, run over their DIAR distances of 1m2f and 6f respectively.

Gemma Cobb, ARO Racing Operations Executive said: “ARO is delighted to have attracted international entries for the two DIAR prep races. Both trainers supported DIAR last year and we hope they will do so again.”

She continued: “Dubai International Arabian Races, to be run at Newbury on July 30 this year,  is the highlight of the UK Arabian racing season and the addition of the prep races series across Europe has boosted international participation. The bonus scheme rewarding any of the first three home in each prep race that subsequently win one of the bonus races on DIAR is another welcome initiative.

“We look forward to returning Chelmsford City with these two races which open the thoroughbred card on June 1, as we received a very warm reception from both staff and racegoers to the full fixtures we held there last year.”

TREBLE FOR TURNER AT TAUNTON

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) returned to the West Country for the second full fixture of their 2017 season at which jockey David Turner recorded a treble. Turner’s wins were all on homebreds, including Tameh, owned and trained by the meetings’ main sponsor, the Royal Cavalry of Oman. He also scored on Aurora Forta, trained by Peter Hammersley for Forta Stud who sponsored the first race on the card, and on Heather Phillpott’s Unity Belle, also trained by Hammersley.

Afterwards Turner said: “I thought they all ran really well today. Tameh was good, we decided to ride him differently today. He surprised me as I think he’s really a miler, so I had my concerns dropping back in trip on quick ground, but he’s a tough, game horse, who dug really deep at the finish.

“Aurora Forta, was a spare as Simon Walker was ill. She’s such a lovely ride at home so I’ve only ridden her a few times, as the girls all want to ride her. I was concerned about the weight as 10st7lb is a lot for a narrow filly and Pete’s other horse [Majid Bin Krayaan] who won last time out, is tough. She’s quite a ‘lookey’ filly, so keeping her interested was the challenge as she has plenty of ability.”

“As for Unity Belle, I’ve been riding her a lot at home. I think she has benefitted from doing more work and I’m really pleased for Heather as she was very game, though obviously I feel for her daughter Laura, who usually rides her.”

Turner now heads the 2017 Jockey Championship, though clearly this is not a priority for him saying: “I’ve got some good ammunition, but that can always change very quickly if you don’t keep people happy! I ride a lot of breakers and young horses and I could easily get hurt tomorrow. So I take each meeting as it comes, but I’m still enjoying it and I’ve made a good start to the season.”

The feature race, The Royal Cavalry of Oman (0-105) Handicap Stakes went to exciting young prospect Difaa, trained by Phil Collington for top British Endurance rider Nicola Thorne. Ridden by Will Pettis, the five-year-old was very keen to post, Collington was surprised by that saying: “He’s been so settled at home and has been working nicely, but we’ll be careful next time, though he settled well in the race. He’s got a great attitude, so we’ll see what the handicapper does and see what there is for him around a mile and quarter.”

Champion Trainer of 2016, James Owen, continued his good start to the season with wins for RS Equine’s Karlos Du Cayrou in the Forta Stud Restricted Maiden and HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Madany in the Visit Oman Open Maiden. Both horses were ridden by 2016 Champion Lady Jockey Joanna Mason.

Owen commented: “Karlos Du Cayrou did it nicely and I’m pleased for Rob. He may go to Chelmsford or maybe the 2m race at Doncaster. I’m thrilled with Madany, I’ve always loved him at home. I think he just got a bit of stage fright at Wolverhampton, but he grew up today and did the job well. He may go to DIAR at Newbury for the Premier Handicap over 7f.”

Also recording a double was owner-trainer-jockey Teresa Gavin, opening her account with Tiger Lily in The Royal Cavalry of Oman (0-45) Handicap, she followed up in the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) Conditions race with LB Farrah who finished 2016 as the leading HARC horse in the UK. Gavin thanked her sponsors TopStock and praised both horses, saying: “I was delighted with Tiger Lily, she may go to Wolverhampton next. LB Farrah settled well and just cruised, she’s really maturing and it shows.”

ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of The Royal Cavalry of Oman and we are delighted for further success with Tameh – who got them off to a winning start with their runners at the opening meeting. It was also pleasing to see fellow sponsor Forta Stud have a winner with Aurora Forta, they have supported UK Arabian racing with a small string of horses since 2014 and doubled their race sponsorship this season.

“The popularity of the Heritage Arabian Racing Club continues and we welcome their grass-roots support which has enabled us to increase the number of HARC only races to three. The win of LB Farrah giving Teresa Gavin a double, exemplifies the aims of the Club in encouraging the small owners into competition with traditionally bred Arabian horses.”

She concluded: “ARO also extends their thanks to all the team at Taunton racecourse, who did so much to make the day a success. Despite the run of dry weather earlier in the month, the condition of the track was superb and the catering for both jockeys and officials was excellent too. ARO now looks forward to Chelmsford, where the Dubai International Arabian Races Prep Series begins with two races which open the thoroughbred card on June 1.”

Photos: (C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

LB FARRAH SETS SIGHTS ON ANOTHER HARC CHAMPIONSHIP

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) full fixture for Purebred Arabian’s at Taunton concluded with the first of three Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) races to be run in the UK this season. A conditions event, run over a mile, it was won by LB Farrah, the 2016 UK HARC Champion for owner-trainer-jockey, Teresa Gavin.

Gavin praised her mare, saying: “LB Farrah settled well and just cruised, she’s really maturing and it shows.”

Bred by Louisa Huggins, LB Farrah is an eight-year-old mare by the Russian sire Sambist, out of the British bred Simeon Safira and finished last season with a win and two places from six UK starts. Her win came in the UK’s first HARC only race, run as part of the ARO Season Finale at Chelmsford City racecourse. On that day, as this, in second place was Kallista, another daughter of Sambist, out of GAS Pepelka, bred by Gadebrook Stud. Those two are firmly established runners on the UK Arabian scene, however in third at Taunton was Psynbad (Psynergy x Zahnisha Gold) making only his second racecourse appearance. He had clearly benefitted from his debut and was only a length behind Kallista.

ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “The popularity of the Heritage Arabian Racing Club continues and we welcome their grass-roots support which has enabled us to increase the number of HARC only races to three. The win of LB Farrah giving Teresa Gavin a double, exemplifies the aims of the Club in encouraging the small owners into competition with traditionally bred Arabian horses.”

She concluded: “ARO welcomes the HARC initiative, currently we have 14 horses registered under the HARC banner and look forward to the next HARC race to be run at Wolverhampton on June 17, which is a maiden over a mile and a quarter.”

Photos: (C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

DECLARATIONS INCREASE CONTINUES AT TAUNTON

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted with the 57 Purebred Arabian declarations received for the second ARO full fixture of 2017, which will be held at Taunton racecourse on Sunday May 21. The Taunton meeting features an eight race card with six races sponsored by long-time ARO sponsor, The Royal Cavalry of Oman and a race apiece sponsored by Forta Stud and the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) – both organisations have increased their UK sponsorship this year.

ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “ARO values the continued support of The Royal Cavalry of Oman, who also made a winning return with their UK trained horses at our first fixture. Their support and that of Forta Stud and HARC enables ARO to provide a diverse race calendar giving participants the option to race at all levels.”

She continued: “ARO welcomes the continued increase in Purebred Arabian runners at our fixtures this year and we look forward to a successful meeting at Taunton this Sunday. ”

TAUNTON ENTRIES INCREASE DEMONSTRATES GOOD HEALTH OF UK ARABIAN RACING

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted with the 82 entries received for the second ARO full fixture of 2017, which will be held at Taunton racecourse on Sunday May 21. This increase on last year’s figure of 42 purebred Arabians demonstrates that the sport is in good health in the UK and that the opening meeting’s increase on entries and subsequent runners was an indication of things to come.

The Taunton meeting features an eight race card with six races sponsored by long-time ARO sponsor, The Royal Cavalry of Oman. The Royal Cavalry maintain their support in 2017 following last year’s rise, the highlight of which is The Sultanate of Oman Raceday which will return to Royal Windsor racecourse on August 28th, Bank Holiday Monday. This compliments a range of single races run on thoroughbred cards, from the lower levels to the highest. It also includes the shortest and longest races of the UK Arabian racing season – The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes, a Group 3 over 5 furlongs at Newbury on August 19 and the Royal Cavalry of Oman Premier Handicap over 2 miles at Doncaster on June 3.

Also sponsoring at the forthcoming West Country fixture is Forta Stud, who have doubled their UK sponsorship this year and the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC), whose sponsorship now extends to three races. Forta Stud’s Restricted Maiden and the HARC Conditions race are of great benefit to the grass-roots of the sport and races like these have helped attract new participants.

ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of The Royal Cavalry of Oman who have been part of Arabian racing in the UK for over ten years now. It was also a great pleasure to see them have a winner on their return to UK Arabian racing at our opening fixture last Sunday.”

She continued: “We are also delighted to have more races sponsored by Forta Stud and HARC this season, their support is a very welcome addition and enables ARO to provide a diverse race calendar giving options to race at all levels. We thank the racecourse teams at Taunton, Doncaster, Bath, Newbury, Wovlerhampton, Windsor and Huntingdon for their support of these sponsors this year.”

                                                                                                                                                                              

SUNNY START FOR ARO OPENING MEETING AT WOLVERHAMPTON

 

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted with the opening meeting of the 2017 UK Arabian racing season at Wolverhampton yesterday, sponsored by Botanica International Limited. The eight race card drew a very encouraging 67 Purebred Arabian runners, more than double the 2016 season opener. The highlight was a win for the newly appointed Racing Welfare Arabian Jockey Ambassador, Ellie Mackenzie. Demonstrating a fine judge of pace, MacKenzie on the Peter Hammersley trained Majid Bin Krayaan took the lead from over a furlong out to win by three and a half lengths, with MacKenzie riding out her ARO claim in the process.

“It’s such an honour to be appointed the Arabian Jockey Ambassador to Racing Welfare” smiled MacKenzie. “And to ride a winner on my first start in the sponsored breeches is brilliant and also for Majid’s owner HH Sheikha Maryam bint Al Maktoum. The season couldn’t have started in a better way and I am looking forward to promoting both Arabian Racing and Racing Welfare.”

Racing Welfare Chief Executive Dawn Goodfellow tweeted her congratulations saying: “Great start to the partnership with Racing Welfare, well done Ellie Mackenzie.”

Both maiden races were well supported with a significant number of young horses declared, the Botanica International Newcomers Maiden formed the first leg of a double for former 2015 ARO Champion Novice Will Pettis and trainer Philip Collington with Shoomos Athbah. Hau Kola winning the Botanica International (0-90) Handicap was also significant as he had provided Collington with his debut winner as a trainer, exactly a year ago.

It was a great start for Collington who commented: “I’m really pleased with Shamoos Athbah, she settled really nicely and showed good turn of foot.  Hau Kola knuckled down well and both horses should progress from here.”

There were doubles too for Mike Palmer on Supermalc in the Botanica International Natural Herbal Cream (0-35) Handicap for his long time supporter Adam Newey. He then followed up in the Botanica International Open Maiden in the HH Sheikh Hamdan colours on Eqleem for James Owen and is now one winner off losing his claim.

Palmer was ecstatic saying: “A big thank you to Adam and James, they’re both excellent horsemen, and I’ve learnt a lot from them – I ride out at both yards every week. I’ve also being working with Dr George Wilson at John Moores Liverpool University on my fitness and diet to get an extra edge this winter. I spend as much time as I can at Oaksey House – the staff are excellent especially Michael Peacock the gym manager and Dominic Elsworth is my jockey coach. Dominic has been a great influence on my riding, and also my mindset, how I approach racing, which I needed to work on. I can’t wait for Taunton and tomorrow I start my first day’s trial as amateur jockey to Richard Hughes.”

2016 ARO Champion Trainer James Owen also recorded a double for HH Sheikh Hamdan when Emiraaty and Antonia Peck won the feature race, the Botanica Natures Healing Energy Purebred Arabian Open Handicap. “I’m delighted with Emiraaty, he always tries, we will wait and go for one of the DIAR prep races with him now. I’m so pleased for Antonia and also for Mike, Antonia’s lost her claim now and Mike’s the hardest working guy you could meet, he’s very dedicated. Eqleem is a strong stayer, he wouldn’t have been the first choice of my runners, but that’s racing.”

There was a quick-fire double too for jockey David Turner in the third and fourth races. Tameh in the Botanica International (0-75) Handicap was a significant win for the Royal Cavalry of Oman who have returned to the UK with nine horses after an absence. The Botanica International 5-in-1 Spray (0-50) Handicap saw a win for newly appointed ARO Director Paul Simmons with his homebred Zayin Indian Fuego – a first UK winner for the stallion DA Adios, America’s leading all-time money earning racehorse.

 

Turner was pleased by Zayin Indian Fuego saying: “Obviously Pete [Hammersley] has been doing a good job with him, and gelding has helped. I’ve been riding out there over the winter and wasn’t surprised to see him train two winners today. The Omani horse won easier than I thought, though he needs another two furlongs. I’ve also been riding out at Wargrave since the Royal Cavalry came back to the UK, but I’m not that familiar with their horses yet.”

Gemma Cobb, ARO Racing Operations Executive was thrilled saying:”It has been a superb start to the season, with such a high number of runners and an increase in young horses, it couldn’t have been a better day. We thank all the team at Wolverhampton and look forward to returning here on June 17.

“A win for our Racing Welfare Jockey Ambassador Ellie MacKenzie bodes well for this new initiative too. We are also delighted to see new owners registered, as well as the return to the UK of both Dr Al Nujaifi and the Royal Cavalry of Oman. The Royal Cavalry have been long term sponsors of Arabian racing in the UK and it’s good to see them have a winner.”

She continued:”ARO gives a warm welcome to a new sponsor to Arabian racing in Botanica International and we thank Sean Cooney for his generous support and enthusiasm. Clearly Arabian racing in the UK is flourishing and we eagerly anticipate the next ARO fixture at Taunton on May 21.”

 

 

Photo: Ellie MacKenzie riding Majid Bin Krayaan to win the Botanica International Cleansing Wash (0-65) Handicap at Wolverhampton

(C) Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media 2017

BUMPER DECLARATIONS FOR ARO OPENING MEETING AT WOLVERHAMPTON ON SUNDAY

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to announce that following the close of declarations for the opening meeting of the ARO season at Wolverhampton on May 7, the numbers for Purebred Arabians were more than double those of the previous year. At 68, they also exceed the numbers declared for all the domestic full fixtures run in the UK last season, excluding the ARO Season Finale (73).

What is also significant is the number of three and four year olds declared, which stands at 14, showing that the efforts to increase the domestic Arabian racehorse population via the breeders’ scheme and other incentives is working.

Gemma Cobb, ARO Racing Operations Executive confirmed the numbers saying:”This has far exceeded our expectations for our opening meeting. The average number of runners for all our domestic full fixtures outside of Dubai International Arabian Races last year was 48.”

She continued:”Clearly the high number of runners declared at our final meeting of 2016 was a sign of what was to come. With still more horses to be registered, it demonstrates the good health of Arabian racing in the UK and we eagerly anticipate the start of the season on Sunday.”

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