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UK’S TOP RATED LINE UP FOR THEARABIANRACEHORSE.COM INTERNATIONAL CONDITIONS STAKES AT NEWBURY

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to return to its home track of Newbury racecourse tomorrow afternoon for what looks like a highly competitive renewal. Thearabianracehorse.com International Conditions Stakes has attracted the two highest rated Arabians in the country, along with a further three of the UK’s top ten horses. The race will be run for a prize fund of £3000, with the winning owner receiving an original bronze trophy to the value of £650, plus mementoes to the trainer and jockey, and to the groom of the horse judged to be the Best Turned Out.

The mile and a quarter race previously formed part of the DIAR prep series and the corresponding event was won by Al Kaaser in 2019. Rated 108, he meets Farhaa, who was second on that occasion, on more favourable terms. Whilst both will be fit from recent outings, the UK’s top filly, Loolwa, is making her seasonal reappearance. She was the best of the home team in the UK Arabian Derby on her debut last term and is expected to enjoy a return to Turf. This will be her fourth start so she has plenty of scope to improve. Also making his fourth appearance will be Toofan, winner of thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes over a mile last year at Wolverhampton. He will come on for his seasonal return at Doncaster when he finished behind Farhaa, whilst the winner Jadaayil, also reopposes and appears to be on an upward curve.

With maidens getting a weight allowance, it is no surprise to see three horses making their debuts. Labwah is a half-sister to a dual winner at a mile, whilst stablemate Akala Sunbird, is one of few runners for his sire Tidarbret, who was twice placed over course and distance. However the most interesting of these on paper is Steve Blackwell’s Aloof. Bred from a gifted covering her dam Spirited Game gained by winning the leading UK Owned Mares’ Championship, Aloof will be the first UK runner for her sire, the Kahayla Classic winner, Seraphin Du Paon.

The Arabian Racehorse’s editor, Debbie Burt commented: “I am delighted to be sponsoring this race as it falls in an important time in the calendar, it is the first opportunity for our higher rated horses to run over the classic distance of a mile and a quarter. With valuable races in Europe around that trip over the summer, including at Goodwood at the end of July, it is an ideal race for connections to use as a springboard to those bigger contests.

“As a sponsor it is also exciting to see so many leading riders booked, with both Shadwell’s retained jockeys, Jim Crowley and Dane O’Neill partnering the top-rated horses. The list also includes Royal Ascot’s leading jockey Oisin Murphy and Group 1 winner Hollie Doyle, whose parents enjoyed plenty of success in Arabian racing in years past.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for Debbie’s continued support, as she has been sponsoring races under various titles with ARO since 2012, whilst the magazine she produces has been supporting UK Arabian racing since 2015.”

“We also thank Newbury racecourse for their support of our racing this season and we look forward to returning there tomorrow.”

JADAAYIL WINS THE EMIRATES BREEDERS HANDICAP AT DONCASTER

Jadaayil put the lack of a recent run well behind her when drawing two lengths clear of the field in the Emirates Breeders (0-90) Handicap Stakes (in association with ARO) at Doncaster today. Shadwell Estates had a strong hand going into the race and it was a one-two-three for the blue and white with the Phil Collington trained Balqees, just denying another Owen runner, Farhaa, second place. Al-Tabari also put up a brave performance to be a close fourth for Peter Hammersley and his wife Michelle.

Owen commented: “Jadaayil only got to run once last season, and that was a good effort over an inadequate trip, she’s obviously improved over the winter. David Probert has ridden quite a bit for me now and gets on well with the Arabians, he said she just kept improving the further she went.”

Speaking of his other runners he continued: “I’m pleased with Farhaa, though I thought Toofan was my best chance, he’s a class horse at home, but it was his first run on grass. Maybe it was a bit too quick for him and he’ll improve for the run. The rest of the team remain in good spirits, Jaahez, our Racing Club horse improved from his reappearance, and we’re delighted that a number of the members were able to come today.”

 

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Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO would like to thank the Emirates Breeders for joining with us in supporting this race. It is part of a series that supports UK Arabian racing through maidens, conditions races and a variety of handicaps to cater for all levels. We would also like to thank the BHA and all the team at Doncaster racecourse for their assistance this season.”

SAHIS WINS THE AL BUSTAN BEACH HANDICAP AT CHELMSFORD CITY

The Goodwin Partnership’s Sahis put in an eye-catching performance when winning the Al Bustan Beach (0-65) Handicap. The four-year-old son of promising young sire Al Tair won by a length and a quarter from Shadwell Estate’s Alsimsaam, with Zayin Zyperion a further six and a half lengths behind in third. This was second of five races sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, run over a mile and a quarter at the Essex track.

Owen was delighted saying: “We bought this horse as a two-year-old from the Arqana sale and he was just a bit too weak to run last year. He’s green in his work at home which is why we put the headgear on first-time-out at Wolverhampton. He was a bit green in that maiden and he ended up making some of the running which didn’t really suit him. The form of that race has been franked, the penny’s half dropped with him at home and I really thought he’d run well here today.

“I do really like this horse, he’s just so uncomplicated and has a laid-back attitude. He should keep going forward now and he should be versatile as to trip as well.”

Sahis was ridden by last years’ leading ARO jockey Alex Chadwick who commented: “I probably got there a bit too soon to be honest. He showed his greeness towards the end and I thought he stuck his neck out really well when Alsimsaam came to him. It was just as well he did, as he was starting to idle in front.”

There was further success for the Owen team as Zara Brooks received the Best Turned Out Award for Sahis from Gail Jefferson from Racing Welfare. This was the first of five awards that they will be presenting throughout the season.

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We congratulate the James Owen team and it was good to see Alex, our leading amateur, get off the mark for the season. Our sincere thanks go out to the Royal Cavalry for supporting the grassroots with a race of this nature and we thank them for their continued sponsorship of our races at all levels.”

ROYAL CAVALRY SUPPORTS THE GRASSROOTS AT CHELMSFORD CITY

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) returns to Chelmsford City this week with the Al Bustan Beach (0-65) Handicap. The second of five races sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, the mile and a quarter contest supports the sports’ grassroots and will be run over a mile and a quarter at the Essex track.

In what looks a competitive affair for the grade, it is a mix of young handicappers who have raced against each other on several occasions, coming up against three unexposed handicap debutants. James Owen fields three runners, all for different owners, the most experienced being Serafim Forta, who runs in the colours of his own Racing Club and is likely to be strongly fancied to build on his win last season. Whilst Heritage Valentino is likely to do better as the season goes on, his Sahis looks to be better off with the Phil Collington trained Alsimsaam. The three all met in a maiden at Wolverhampton last month and though Alsimsaam finished ahead, he will need to have progressed from that experience to win giving weight away all round.

Peter Hammersley runs Zayin Zyperion and Samawaat. He’ll be hoping that Zayin Zyperion will have come on for his seasonal appearance at Bath, when he finished ahead of both Serafim Forta and Jayme Plumb’s Gerko De Tenelle, who the six-year-old reopposes here.

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We are delighted to be back at Chelmsford City with the Royal Cavalry. Their first race of the season here was won by an exciting young filly who could progress to Group company, however it is vital that the grassroots are supported with a race of this nature and we thank them for their continued sponsorship of our races at all levels.”

MAZYOONAH WINS THE FOLLOW @ARORACING ON INSTAGRAM HANDICAP

The good form of the James Owen stable continued at Wolverhampton today with a one-two-three for Shadwell Estates in the Follow @AROracing on Instagram (0-80) Handicap over nine and a half furlongs. Last years’ course and distance winner Mazyoonah just got up by a head to win from Nadelshiba, with recent course winner Farasah a further three and a half lengths behind in third.

This was a debut win on an Arabian for Rossa Ryan, who is currently third in the professional jockeys’ table. He was delighted with the mares’ performance saying: “I got a lovely ride, she travelled well, and she picked up when I asked her. James was worried about the trip, so I held on to her as long as possible.”

Owen who was recording his fourth winner of the season said: “I actually thought our best chance was Nadelshiba, with Alex being able to claim, based on the form from last year when he finished behind Wanaasa and Phil’s filly Balqees at Chelmsford. However, Mazyoonah had the greater experience and that’s probably what was the deciding factor in the end. She settled well, I thought they probably went quite hard and it just worked out well for her this time. She’s won over six furlongs and I wouldn’t be afraid to drop her back in distance.”

Fittingly for a race sponsored by the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO), it saw the return to the commentary box of long-term ARO commentator Gary Capewell, who said: “It’s good to be back. I had around 15 months away because of the Covid restrictions so I felt a little bit rusty today. However, I’m looking forward to the next one, which for me will be at Newbury.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO congratulates Shadwell Estates and the James Owen team winning with Mazyoonah today. It’s also good to see a leading young professional jockey win on his first ride on an Arabian, with our leading amateur a close second.

“We’re also delighted to welcome Gary Capewell back to the commentary box and we thank the British Horseracing Authority and all the team at Wolverhampton for their assistance and support of our racing in 2021.”

MUNEER WINS THE EMIRATES BREEDERS MAIDEN AT LINGFIELD PARK

The James Owen trained Muneer emulated her dam in winning at the first time of asking, with a length and a quarter victory in the Emirates Breeders Maiden Stakes in association with ARO at Lingfield Park this afternoon. Despite veering out to the stands rails, the three-year-old filly survived a stewards enquiry to keep the race, winning from Al Khaleejy, another Shadwell juvenile debutant, with the more experienced Al Mahbooba, also trained by Owen in third.

This was her partner Kieran O’Neill’s first win on an Arabian, who commented after the race: “She jumped nicely, and we were very handy, following the pace the whole way through. Obviously she is still very, very green when we hit the front, but there’ll be plenty more improvement to come and hopefully she can build on that from here.”

Owen was pleased with the result for the stable saying: “That’s what it’s about, these three-year-olds get a lot of weight so that’s probably why those two came to the fore in the race. We’ve learnt more about Al Mahbooba now too. Muneer has only come alive the last few weeks, she’s really not done that much, just a few little bits of work, but what she’s done has been good, we weren’t here for an away day. Obviously, she was green up the straight, but she’s got plenty of ability and that’s our job now, to bring these youngsters on.”

The mile contest was part of a series of races sponsored by the Emirates Breeders that supports UK Arabian racing through maidens, conditions races and a variety of handicaps to cater for all levels.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We congratulate Shadwell Estates for another convincing success with their homebreds, her dam Salaama was a Group winner as a juvenile and hopefully Muneer can live up to the family tradition.

“ARO would like to thank the Emirates Breeders for joining with us in supporting this race and we look forward to the Emirates Breeders Handicap at Doncaster on 5th June. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority and all the team at Lingfield Park for their assistance and support of our racing in 2021.”

WANAASA STEPS UP TO WIN THE AL SAWADI BEACH HANDICAP AT CHELMSFORD CITY

Shadwell Estates’ Wanaasa started her season as she ended her last one, with an impressive win at Chelmsford City. Stepping up in company for her handicap debut, the four-year-old daughter of No Risk Al Maury put up a professional performance under Jack Mitchell for trainer James Owen. Though she was receiving weight all round, she remains a progressive looking filly, finishing two lengths ahead of Al Kaaser and a further ten lengths clear of Farhaa, both from the Owen stable.

After the race Mitchell, who had been in the saddle for her previous win commented: “She’s obviously wintered well. I had a sit on her in Newmarket two weeks ago and she felt great, she’s got stronger. She’s still got that raw ability and we went a good gallop here and I was worried I might have got there too soon. She’s very exciting. James has done a good job with her.”

Owen was delighted with her performance saying: “Actually I thought Farhaa was the one, as she’s been working exceptionally well at home recently, and I’m pleased with Al Kaaser as he’s really a ten-furlong horse. Wanaasa was getting a lot of weight from the others, but she’s got so much speed. I’d like to get her on the grass next, there’s another Royal Cavalry race over seven furlongs at Newbury next month and if all goes well then she’ll go back there for the Group 2 race over six furlongs in August.”

The Al Sawadi Beach (0-105) Handicap was the first of five races sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, long-term supporters of UK Arabian racing. The highlight of their sponsorship will be the Group 2PA Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes at Newbury on August 14th, in which Wanaasa may well take her chances.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “That was a great performance from last years’ leading Arabian filly Wanaasa and ARO congratulates Jack, James and the Shadwell team. The continued support of the Royal Cavalry of Oman has been welcomed by all involved in the sport in the UK, and we look forward to our next race with them at Newbury on 10th June. We are also grateful for the assistance of the British Horseracing Authority and all the team at Chelmsford City.”

CHELMSFORD CITY HOSTS COMPETITIVE AL SAWADI BEACH HANDICAP

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to return to Chelmsford City with the highly competitive Al Sawadi Beach (0-105) Handicap. The first of five races sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, the mile contest has attracted a small but select field, in which a case can be made for every runner.

Based on last seasons’ form, the race promises to be a strong one with Al Kaaser, Abiyah Athbah and Tijaary renewing their rivalry over a shorter trip than when they met in 2020. Farhaa raced primarily abroad though was a close second on her sole UK start at similar level, whilst last year’s leading filly Wanaasa, will meet seasoned campaigners for the first time. Four of the five runners have won at the track, whilst Tijaary has been placed on each occasion he has run there.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO welcomes the continued support of the Royal Cavalry of Oman who have shown great commitment to our participants, supporting racing at every level from the grassroots to the international pattern. This race promises to be a highly competitive affair and will set the standard for our leading handicappers this season.

“We are also grateful for the assistance of the British Horseracing Authority and are looking forward to our first visit Chelmsford City this year.”

THE ROYAL CAVALRY OF OMAN RETURN TO UK ARABIAN RACING FOR 2021

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is thrilled to announce the return of long-term sponsors the Royal Cavalry of Oman to UK Arabian racing. The Royal Cavalry will be sponsoring three races at Chelmsford City racecourse, the Al Sawadi Beach Handicap on 20th May, the Al Bustan Beach Handicap on 3rd June and the Sohar Beach Handicap on 12th August. In addition, there will be a further two races at Newbury racecourse. The Al Seefah Beach International Conditions race over seven furlongs is for three-year-olds only and will be held on 10th June. The highlight of the sponsorship package will be the Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes, a Group 2PA, run over six furlongs. That race will be held on BetVictor Hungerford Day, Saturday 14 August.

Dr Sarhan Salim Hamed Al-Zeidi, Director General of The Royal Cavalry of Oman commented: “The Royal Cavalry of Oman is delighted to renew their sponsorship with the Arabian Racing Organisation for 2021. The Royal Cavalry have had a long and successful working relationship with ARO for many seasons and we are proud to be supporting UK Arabian racing at all levels.”

 

Dr Sarhan Salim Hamed Al-Zeidi, Director General of The Royal Cavalry of Oman at Newbury in 2019

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Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful to the Royal Cavalry of Oman who have been loyal and generous supporters of UK Arabian racing for well over ten years. They have showed continued commitment to our participants, supporting racing at every level from the grassroots to the international pattern. We look forward to welcoming them back to the UK in 2021.

“We are also grateful for the assistance of the British Horseracing Authority, Chelmsford City and Newbury racecourses  for supporting our racing this season. With regards to the ongoing challenges of Covd19, ARO remains committed to keeping all its’ registered participants informed of updates to UK Arabian racing as soon as they are available.”

BIN AL REEH WINS WATHBASTALLIONS.COM HANDICAP AT BATH

It was a successful return to Turf for Bin Al Reeh in the Wathbastallions.com (0-70) Handicap at Bath this afternoon in the second race of the new Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season. The Pete Hammersley trained seven-year-old had been campaigned entirely on the All Weather the previous season due to the limited opportunities brought about by Covid19. Ridden by Sophie Ralston for HH Sheikha Maryam bint Maktoum Al Maktoum, Bin Al Reeh finished a length and a half clear of Jamaraat, with Hammerlsey’s other runner, Zayin Zyperion a further nine-and-a half-lengths in third.

The one-mile race had attracted eight runners and was held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival. In previous years the Festival included a lady riders’ series in which Ralston had ridden on several occasions representing Ireland. Ralston commented: “I couldn’t hear because of the strong winds where the other horses were, but he told me because every time one came near to us, as he picked up again. I’ve travelled all over the world riding Arabians and this is my first winner.”

Hammersley was delighted with both his horses saying: “I’ve said before that I didn’t think Wolverhampton suited Bin Al Reeh and running back on the Turf he proved that point. Sophie rode a brilliant race as she managed to get him out in front, so he wasn’t intimidated by the other horses. He’s been so working well at home, I’m really pleased, hopefully he can build on this and win again.”

The Wathba Stallions Cup series aims to promote the breeders of Arabian racehorses, and is supported by Wathba Stallions, the breeding arm in the UAE and France, of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, who is also Chairman of the Emirates Arabian Horse Association.

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO congratulates the connections of Bin Al Reeh who have been so patient with him. We’re also delighted that it provided an opportunity for a professional rider who has had experience of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Lady World Championships to ride her first Arabian winner with us.

“The continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, and their Wathba Stallions Cup series is integral to the ARO season, for which we are extremely grateful. ARO also thanks the British Horseracing Authority and Bath racecourse for supporting our racing this season.”

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Horse Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Etisalat as the official sponsor, with National Feed as strategic partner, The National Archives as the official partner , Emirates Airline as the official carrier, sponsored by Al Massood Automobiles Nissan, Areej Alameerat, Omeir Travels Agency, YAS Sports TV., Viola Communications, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, the UAE’s General Women’s Union , Emirates Arabian Horse Society & Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

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