It was a repeat performance for Ultimate Force and David Turner who again led the field to win The Royal Cavalry of Oman (0-60) Handicap today at Bath, winning by three and a quarter lengths from LB Farrah, with Elyassaat less than a length behind in third. Just 17 days previously the pair had won over a mile at the same track, in another handicap supported by the same sponsor. Trainer Peter Hammersley has the horses of owner-breeder, Heather Phillpott, in flying form as her other horse, Unity Belle, also ridden by Turner, had won the final handicap of the day at Newbury as part of the Dubai International Arabian Races fixture five days earlier.
A delighted Hammersley said: “This was the target after his last win here. He’s really tough and genuine and he’ll stay all day. He might go to Chelmsford for the Ladies race now, we’ll see what the handicapper does. The visor has helped him again today and we’re thrilled to bits with him.”
ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “We’re so pleased for Heather, as a small owner-breeder, to have such great success with her two horses in recent weeks. Pete is having a great season, whilst David is now a clear leader in the ARO Jockeys Championship.
“This is the last of two single races to be run at Bath this year, both supported by The Royal Cavalry of Oman, whilst their next sponsored race will be on Saturday 19th August, with the Group 3 Clarendon Stakes. Their sponsorship concludes at Windsor, with the annual Sultanate of Oman Raceday, held on 28th August.
She concluded: “Bath always provides a welcoming atmosphere and we thank them and all the racecourse teams at Taunton, Doncaster, Newbury and Windsor for their support of the Royal Cavalry’s race sponsorship in 2017.”
Photo: Ultimate Force and David Turner (C) Debbie Burt Equine Creative Media 2017