Al Faaris wins for Champion Trainer James Owen at Doncaster


Al Faaris wins for Champion Trainer James Owen at Doncaster

Arabian racing at Doncaster Racecourse Saturday 2nd June 2018

The ground didn’t quite play into the hands of all on Saturday with a heavy downpour just before the first and a change from officially good ground to soft the 11 runner field was reduced to 10 following the withdrawal of Premier handicap specialist Kamikaze trained by Adam Newey, a horse that on faster ground had been in with a great chance.

The competitive renewal saw Peter Hammersley’s long term campaigner Zayin Zachilles and Ellie Mackenzie make the early running alongside Tatbeeq under Kieran O’Neill in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan the pair closely followed by Forta Studs Asraa Min Al-Talqa making his seasonal debut under champion jockey David Turner for Peter Hammersley, followed by another of James Owen’s trio Crahck, and Munawwar for Collington and jockey Marc Monaghan with Majid Bin Krayaan off to a better start from stalls under Racheal Kneller bowling along behind them.

Setting a steady pace over the first few furlongs the field closely grouped at the half way stage with the 2017 winner Saleemah, (Philip Collington) sitting patiently behind and creeping steadily up as the pace lifted, the tightly grouped field remaining pretty much unchanged. As they entered the turn from home the Jayme Plumb trained Elyassat under Muanis Al Siyabi trying to move up the field but was quickly under pressure.

With three furlongs to go and the contest hotting up, the two front runners were gamely contesting the lead closely followed by Saleemah who had taken to the far side rail, with 7 horses moving in a line across the track and all to play for, the grey top weight Al Faaris under Jim Crowley made a bold bid hitting the front and sprinting away to put several lengths between himself and Munawwar to hit the line first for Champion Trainer James Owen and owner HH Sheikh Hamdan, with Munawwar taking second for Phil Collington whose inform stable also took third with last year’s winner Saleemah and Will Pettis, Majid Bin Krayaan and Racheal Kneller fourth for Peter Hammersley and Owen horse Crahck, under Antonia Peck fifth.

Racing Operations Manager Willie McFarland commented: “This looked to be a wide open race, the ground certainly looked to play its part today – a great win for Al Faaris, following on from his Taunton success – so many of the horses have run well, it was a cracking finish after 2 miles – all thanks to Doncaster who always look after us very well – we are really looking forward to coming back for the President of the UAE Cup (the UK Arabian Derby, Group 1 PA) on St Leger day, Saturday 15th September.”

The next ARO meeting will be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Sunday 10th June where a seven race card has attracted bumper entries.