The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) makes its first visit to Doncaster racecourse this year for the Emirates Breeders (0-95) Handicap over a mile this Saturday in which recent new convert to Arabian racing, Gary Allsopp has two runners. His silks will be carried by Balqees who got his season off to the perfect start when winning at Wolverhampton two weeks ago, however despite her success, Allsopp’s first colours will be carried by Wanaasa, one of the highest rated mares in the UK.
Like Balqees, Wanaasa had previously run for her owner-breeders Shadwell Estates, however as part of their dispersal she has joined Allsopp’s growing band of Arabians in training with James Owen in Newmarket. Allsopp is also involved in Owen’s Racing Club, who fields the top weight Al Kaaser, who was third in a Group 2PA over six furlongs at Newbury last year. Completing the Owen contingent are former Club horses, Tijaary and Jaahez, now running in his wife Jenny’s colours for 2022.
Hoping to break up the Owen dominance will be Abiyah Athbah, who was Group 3PA placed over this trip last September. Trained by Leicestershire based Peter Hammersley for Dilmun Racing, they will be hoping that the rain stays away as she needs quick ground to be seen at her best on Turf.
Genny Haynes, ARO CEO commented: “ARO is looking forward to returning to Doncaster for this competitive handicap featuring some of our best horses. We thank the Emirates Breeders Series for their support of our racing and also the British Horseracing Authority and all the team at Doncaster who always make us feel welcome.”