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EXCITING RUNNERS FOR THEARABIANRACEHORSE.COM MAIDEN STAKES AT WOLVERHAMPTON

The Arabian Racing Organisation published another full field of runners for their next Wolverhampton contest, thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes to be run at Wolverhampton on Tuesday 29 September. Race sponsors The Arabian Racehorse magazine expressed their delight with the 13 declarations for the one-mile event which continues the run of well-populated races held by the Arabian Racing Organisation this season and is scheduled to go off at 3.30pm.

Magazine editor Debbie Burt, who also acts as media executive for the Arabian Racing Organisation commented: “It may only be a maiden, but it looks a really competitive affair. There are some very well-bred young horses in the field and I’m sure there will be plenty of winners to come out of it in the future, at all levels.

“It has been a difficult year for racing and for Arabian racing in particular with the season pushed back in the calendar. However, with Arabians being slower to mature than thoroughbreds this late start has been to their advantage, so it’s great that more than half the field are three-year-olds. I’m also delighted that despite the challenges, we have new owners and trainers getting involved this season which is of huge benefit to the diversity of the sport and can only bode well for the future.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was also pleased commenting. “We were delighted that The Arabian Racehorse magazine would be sponsoring with us again this year as Debbie has been supporting Arabian racing through race sponsorship since 2012.

“It is during these difficult times that funding for our sport is most needed and it is inevitable that the less high-profile races are at risk, so we are very grateful to all our sponsors for their support this season. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance so that we may provide opportunities to race at all levels in 2020.

“ARO remains committed to keeping all its’ registered participants informed of updates to UK Arabian racing as soon as they are available.”

MAZYOONAH WINS WATHBASTALLIONS.COM HANDICAP STAKES

 

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted for ARO Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum who had his first success of the UK Arabian racing season when Mazyoonah won the Wathbastallions.com (0-75) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton today. Trained by James Owen and ridden by Jack Mitchell, the five-year-old daughter of No Risk Al Maury finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Alghally, also trained by Owen, with Al Monther trained by Phil Collington a further half-length back in third. Both placed horses were also bred and owned by His Highness.

2019 ARO champion trainer James Owen was slightly surprised with Mayzoonah’s win saying: “I thought she’d struggle under joint top weight and the trip would be on the short-side for her as she won nicely over six furlongs in Holland last year. Jack gave her a lovely patient ride today and it all came right for her. I’d thought Alghally was my strongest chance, but this was only his third start and I think he’s still a bit green, Mazyoonah is more experienced and it showed today.”

Owen was fresh from success in another Sheikh Mansoor Festival race, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup in Belgium, where he also trained the first two home in Al Azeeza for HH Sheikh Hamdan and Tijaary for his own syndicate, the James Owen Racing Club. Of that achievement he commented: “Al Azeeza did it well yesterday and Tijaary ran great too, he continues to improve. I’m pleased with how all the horses are running at the moment.”

Watch Mazyoonah and Jack Mitchell win the Wathbastallions.com (0-75) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton

Jack Mitchell was recording his first ever win on an Arabian from just a handful of previous rides he said: “I just nursed her into it, and we got lucky as the race opened up for her when it mattered, and she did it well. She’ll definitely improve for that run.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO warmly congratulates our Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan with his first UK Arabian victory of 2020. It has been a fantastic season for him here with his thoroughbreds, and we wish him continued success now our season is underway.

“ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, who have been sponsoring with us since 2011. This year has been an exceptional time with many new challenges and we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourses for the support and assistance in enabling our racing to go ahead.”

WATHBASTALLIONS.COM HANDICAP STAKES ATTRACTS FULL FIELD AT WOLVERHAMPTON

Following declarations, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to publish a full field of 13 runners for the Wathbastallions.com Handicap (0-75) Stakes.  The 1m1.5f contest will be the opening race on the card at Wolverhampton on Monday September 14 starting at 3.40pm.

Strongly fancied is the James Owen trained Mawarid, who was successful on his seasonal reappearance last year in the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-60) Handicap at Chelmsford City. He runs in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who has a further four runners, two of which are trained by Phil Collington. Leicestershire based handler Peter Hammersley send three horses, all for different owners, including his homebred colt Al-Tabari.

Delyth Thomas whose horses always warrant respect in handicap company has her first runners of 2020, Kayclaire and Callymay, as does Nikki Malcolm with Deena Bint Krayyan. Making his UK debut for Jayme Plumb is Dartianne for owner-breeders Colin and Michelle Garner.

The Wathba Stallions Cup series supports grassroots Arabian racing as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and is a popular addition to the programme worldwide.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, who held their first Wathba-supported race with us in 2011. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for the support and assistance in enabling our racing to go ahead during these challenging times.”

HATTAL GAINS ARABIAN DERBY DOUBLE IN UAE PRESIDENT CUP AT DONCASTER

Hattal became the fourth consecutive colt to follow up his French Derby win in the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) run at Doncaster on St Leger day today. Trained by Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte for owner-breeders YAS Horse Racing Management, the four-year-old son of Mahabb coasted into victory to win by three quarters of a length on the line from Jurgurtha de Monlau in second and Loolwa in third.

Ridden by Tadhg O’Shea who was deputising for regular pilot, Ioritz Mendizabal, this was O’Shea’s second win in the Doncaster contest, having previously been successful with Nafees in 2017. Speaking after the race O’Shea said: “Hattal is a very, very smart horse. Connections were hopeful for a good result as he won the French Derby in a really quick time. It’s my first time riding him, but I was unbeaten on his mother Mizzna. She was a champion so he has a bit more to prove yet to be as good as her, but he’s going the right way.

“To be honest, he didn’t really have a race there, if anything he was getting there too soon. It will be exciting to see where connections go with him next, whether they will head to the Arc for the World Cup or out to Abu Dhabi for the Jewel Crown, his mother was unbeaten at that track.”

Faisal Al Rahmani, event manager for the UAE President Cup series said: “The Group 1 UAE President Cup race at Doncaster is a platform for young Arabian horses to build on to become future champions.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “This race consistently confirms a winner of the highest class and I am sure we have seen a new star today in Hattal. We thank the UAE President Cup Series for their continued generous support of our feature race for four-year-olds.

“We are also very grateful to Doncaster racecourse and the British Horse Racing Authority for their support of international Arabian racing, enabling this race to go ahead during these challenging times. This event is now firmly established as part of St Leger Day, at Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year, which enhances the contest’s prestige and Arabian racing’s status in the UK.”

HATTAL SEEKS ARABIAN DERBY DOUBLE IN UAE PRESIDENT CUP AT DONCASTER

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) today published the declarations for the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) to be held on Doncaster St Leger Day, Saturday 12 September. The six runners for the prestigious Group 1PA contest include Hattal, winner of the French equivalent at Chantilly earlier this year. Should he be successful, he will be the fourth consecutive colt to do the French-UK Derby double since the UAE President Cup resumed its’ association with the race in 2016.

Trained by Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, Hattal represents last years’ winning connections, YAS Horse Racing Management and will be ridden for the first-time by Tadhg O’Shea. Eight-time UAE Champion Jockey O’Shea, whose return to the Gulf has been delayed by Covid, won four Group 1PA races on Hattal’s dam Mizzna, including the 2008 Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night.

The remaining runners include progressive recent winners Jugurtha De Monlau also from France, and Alameen for ARO Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Alameen is the highest rated of the six UK trained candidates and will be partnered by Jim Crowley, who finished fourth on the colt in a Group 2 PA event last season.

The UAE President Cup is the oldest Purebred Arabian race series and it is fitting that it takes place on the same card as the UK’s oldest thoroughbred classic, the St Leger. Run over a mile and a quarter, the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) is exclusively for four-year-olds and has been won by Nafees, Rodess Du Loup and Hayyan, all winners of the French Arabian Derby.

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “This race consistently confirms a winner of the highest class and we thank the UAE President Cup Series for their generous support of our feature race for four-year-olds.

“We also thank Doncaster racecourse and the British Horse Racing Authority for their support of international Arabian racing, enabling this race to go ahead during these challenging times. This event is now firmly established as part of St Leger Day, at Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year, which enhances the contest’s prestige and Arabian racing’s status in the UK.”

FRENCH ARABIAN DERBY WINNER HEADS ENTRIES FOR UAE PRESIDENT CUP (UK ARABIAN DERBY)

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) today published ten entries for the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) which will be held on Doncaster St Leger Day, Saturday 12 September. They are headed by the French trained challenger Hattal, winner of the French Arabian Derby earlier this year. Should he be successful, he will be the fourth consecutive colt to do the French-UK Derby double since the UAE President Cup resumed its’ association with the race in 2016.

The remaining entries include a further three overseas possibles from France, the Netherlands and Qatar, with HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Alameen the highest rated of the six UK trained candidates.

The UAE President Cup is the oldest Purebred Arabian race series and it is fitting that it takes place on the same card as the UK’s oldest thoroughbred classic, the St Leger. Run over a mile and a quarter, The UAE President Cup (Arabian Derby) is exclusively for four-year-old Purebred Arabians. For the last three years it has been won by the winner of the French equivalent in Nafees, Rodess Du Loup and Hayyan. Hattal, trained by Xavier Thomas-Demault for YAS Horse Management and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner-breeders of last year’s winner, could be the fourth.

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “We are proud that this race consistently produces a top-quality winner and we are grateful to the UAE President Cup Series for their continued support of our feature race for four-year-olds.

“We also thank Doncaster racecourse and the British Horse Racing Authority for their support of international Arabian racing, enabling this race to go ahead during these challenging times. This event is now firmly established as part of St Leger Day, at Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year, which enhances the contest’s prestige and Arabian racing’s status in the UK.”

AL SHAAMIKH WINS WATHBA STALLIONS CUP MAIDEN STAKES FOR NEW TRAINER JESSICA QUINLAN

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted for new trainer Jessica Quinlan who won the Wathba Stallions Cup Maiden Stakes with her first ever runner Al Shaamikh, ridden by Lewis Edmunds. The seven-furlong (1400m) contest was the first domestic race of the UK season, which opened the nine-race card at Wolverhampton on Saturday September 5.

Quinlan who started training from her Newmarket base earlier this year has three Arabians in her care, two of which, Al Shaamikh and Toufan Du Croate, are for the Qatari-based owner Mohammed Fahad Al-Attiyah. Of her success she commented: “I’m delighted, hopefully that won’t be my only winner! Al Shaamikh is a game little horse, the race didn’t quite go his way to start with. He didn’t jump off quite as quickly as we’d hoped and because he was drawn on the inside, he had quite a lot of cover. As soon as Lewis got a bit of room, he galloped on through it and has won well.

“I wanted to see how both horses ran before making any firm plans as to what races would come next. Al Shaamikh could stay at this trip or we could go a bit further. Toufan Du Croate got away more quickly than we expected, but we thought this distance would probably be too sharp for him, he ran well but was outpaced in the final furlong. It’s great to have my first runners and I’m pleased for the owner who has been very patient, waiting for the season to start.”

Lewis Edmunds who was also recording his first win on an Arabian said: “He was green to begin with, and a bit unsure of himself when we were in the pack, racing on and off the bit. When we turned for home he was always staying on and I could see the horse in front starting to idle, which helped him – having a horse to aim at. I think there’s definitely a lot more improvement in him.”

2019 ARO champion trainer James Owen had five horses entered of which the newcomers Sattam for his James Owen Racing Club and Wanaasa for HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum were second and third, confirmed by a photo finish.

The Wathba Stallions Cup series has been an integral part of the UK Arabian racing calendar for many years and their next sponsored race will be held at Wolverhampton on Monday September 14. The series is a popular addition to the Arabian racing programme worldwide and is run as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is delighted for Jessica Quinlan’s success with Al Shaamikh. It is great to see a young trainer, new to the sport and with no previous connections to Arabian racing gain her first winner, from her first two runners. We were also pleased that the race was so well supported by our existing participants who have been waiting patiently for our domestic season to start.

“ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, who have been sponsoring with us since 2011. This year has been an exceptional time with many new challenges and we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourses for the support and assistance in enabling our racing to go ahead.”

FULL FIELD FOR FIRST WATHBA STALLIONS CUP RACE AT WOLVERHAMPTON

Following declarations this morning, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to publish a full field of 12 runners for their first domestic race of the season, the Wathba Stallions Cup Maiden Stakes.  The 7f (1400m) contest will be the opening race on the card at Wolverhampton on Saturday September 5 starting at 4.50pm.

Current ARO champion trainer James Owen has five horses entered, three for ARO Patron and long-time champion owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, two of which, Wanassa and Nadelshiba are making their debuts. Also having their first outings are Serafim Forta from Forta Stud and Sattam for Owen’s own Racing Club which provided last years’ champion Arabian, Tijaary. Former ARO champion trainer, Phil Collington has three for His Highness of which Mustafeed, runner-up over this distance last year must be strongly fancied to go one better.

British based Zayin Arabians and Evermore Racing send two lightly raced homebreds in Zayin Zyperion and Kaymeleon. Both ran last season, but are likely to need a bit more experience. New to UK Arabian racing is Qatari owner Mohammed Al-Attiyah and his trainer Jessica Quinlan, they send two unraced colts, Al Shaamikh and Toufan Du Croate from their base at racing’s headquarters in Newmarket.

 

 

As in previous seasons the Wathba Stallions Cup series is an integral part of the UK Arabian racing calendar. The series supports grassroots Arabian racing as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and is a popular addition to the programme worldwide. The five UK Wathba Stallions Cup races will be held from September through November at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City racecourses.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, who held their first Wathba-supported race with us in 2011.The return of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival to the UK has been warmly received by our participants who have been waiting patiently for the start of our 2020 season.

“We also thank the British Horseracing Authority, Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton racecourses for the support and assistance in enabling our racing to go ahead during these challenging times. ARO remains committed to keeping all of its’ registered participants informed of updates to UK Arabian racing as soon as they are available, and we look forward to racing on Saturday.”

 

ARO WELCOMES EMIRATES BREEDERS PROGRAMME SPONSORSHIP

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was thrilled to confirm today that the Emirates Breeders Programme will be coming to the UK for the first time. The programme of five races cater for a range of abilities from novice through to top level handicappers and will visit both Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton racecourses in October and November.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “We were excited to learn that the Emirates Breeders Programme will be coming to the UK, as the races that they have sponsored in Europe have always been popular with our trainers and we thank them for their generous support of Arabian racing worldwide.

“The addition of these races to our calendar will be well received by our participants who have been extremely patient, and we thank them for their support during this challenging time. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority, Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton racecourses, for their support and assistance so that we may provide opportunities to race at all levels in 2020.

“ARO remains committed to keeping all its’ registered participants informed of updates to UK Arabian racing as soon as they are available.”

WATHBA STALLIONS CUP SERIES RETURNS TO THE UK FOR 2020

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) announced today that the Wathba Stallions Cup series will once again be an integral part of the UK Arabian racing calendar for 2020. The series supports grassroots Arabian racing as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and is a popular addition to the programme worldwide. The five UK Wathba Stallions Cup races will be held from September through November at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City racecourses.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival has played a significant role in the promotion of Arabian racing and breeding since it began in 2009. The Festival aims to continue the efforts made by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to preserve heritage sports and equestrian sport in particular, promoting Arabian horses and UAE heritage around the world.

Sponsoring hundreds of races annually since its’ inception, the Festival supports a wide variety of contests from the grassroots to the highest level across Australia, Algeria, Belguim, Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UAE, UK and the USA. The events culminate in the worlds’ richest Arabian horse race, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, a Group 1 PA run in Abu Dhabi which this year is scheduled for December 4th.

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. Wathba Stallions includes His Highness’s homebred champion Munjiz, who was leading Arabian sire in the UK in 2019 for the first time.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival over the last ten years. Their first race with us was the Wathba Stud Farm Cup Series UK Breeders Stakes run in 2011 at Newbury. Two years later ARO hosted the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival Conference in London, with supporting races also at Newbury. It is also thanks to the Festival’s sponsorship that we held five meeting’s at Hereford in 2013, which was instrumental in keeping that racecourse operational.”

“The return of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival to the UK will be very welcome news for our participants who have been patiently waiting for the start of our 2020 season which will now be extended through to the end of November. We are also grateful for the support and assistance of the British Horseracing Authority, Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton racecourses. ARO remains committed to keeping all its’ registered participants informed of updates to UK Arabian racing as soon as they are available.”

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