It was a night to remember for local trainer Peter Hammersley with Al-Tabari leading home a one-two-three-four in the Equine MediRecord (0-70) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday 21 November. Owned by Hammerlsey’s wife Michelle, Al-Tabari was given another well-judged ride by Howard Cheng, drawing six and a half-lengths clear of the Connally’s Samawaat. Zayin Arabians’ Zayin Zyperion was a further half-length away in third, with HH Sheikha Maryam bint Al Maktoum’s Bin Al Reeh beaten a short head in fourth.
The nine-and-a-half-furlong contest supported by Emirates Breeders was the penultimate race in the shortened Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season. Hammersley has his team in in tremendous form with Samawaat and Zayin Zyperion placed here on Monday and another winner on Thursday at Chelmsford City. After the race he commented: “Al-Tabari surprised me really. Howard said he would ride him a bit more prominently this time and afterwards he couldn’t believe how much he’s improved from his last win here.
“We’ve been patient with him, we’ll look forward to next season now, as he looks to be versatile as to trip. I’m thrilled with all four of them though, I thought Paddy [Barlow]rode a nice race on Bin Al Reeh and I’m pleased for the Connally’s and Paul Simmons too.”
Equine MediRecord’s Chief Operating Officer Finlay Dargan commented: “We’re delighted to support Arabian racing in the UK and overseas. That was an impressive run from Al-Tabari and a great result for Peter Hammersley, training the first four home in the first Equine MediRecord Handicap Stakes!”
Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “That was a wonderful result for Pete and all his owners who we warmly congratulate on their success.
“We also thank Equine MediRecord for their sponsorship today, joining with Emirates Breeders who have been supporting us throughout the season. Equine MediRecord’s digital system has been instrumental in allowing us to race this year and has been a huge help to all our participants.
“ARO is very grateful for the support of all our valued sponsors this year, which has enabled us to maintain our presence as part of UK racing. In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton Racecourse for their continued assistance this season.”