The Royal Cavalry of Oman
The Royal Cavalry of Oman have been a valued supporter of UK Arabian racing for over ten years sponsoring a variety of races from grassroots to group level. They have a strong connection to the black type sprint races through their sponsorship of the Clarendon Stakes over five furlongs, and their success in the Za’abeel International over six furlongs.
For three years, from 2013 through to 2015, their flying French trained filly, Al Mouhannad dominated the Za’abeel International at Newbury. She claimed the scalps of horses such as Aziz ASF, a previous winner of the race and the Clarendon stakes, who also won the HH The Amir Sword, as well as Manark, who went on to win the Kahayla Classic.
In 2018 the Royal Cavalry won again, when her brother, Al Chammy, claimed the crown. He was trained from their UK base just a few miles away at Wargrave, by Said Al Badi and ridden by Olivier Peslier.
This year the race, currently a Group 2PA, will be held under their sponsorship for the first time, as the Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes and will be run at Newbury on August 14th.
The Royal Cavalry’s Director General is Dr Sarhan Al Zaidi, appointed in 2021, who oversees all their activities. At home in Oman, the Royal Horse Racing Club holds a full season of racing for Arabians and thoroughbreds with 20 meetings from mid October through to early April. Their feature races are the Omani Derby, the National Day Cup and the Final Day Cup, which are held at Al Rahba racecourse, at Barka in northern Oman.
The Royal Cavalry have successfully competed their Arabian racehorses globally, winning many of the major races and are also leading breeders. They have five stallions at stud in France: Alsaker, Djet Taouy, Josco Du Cayrou and Nafees, who are all Group1PA winners, as well as Vulcain Du Clos who was Group1PA placed.