The Royal Cavalry of Oman will host its first full meeting at Chepstow Racecourse on Sunday 27th May run under the UK’s Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) banner.
This celebrated race meeting will bring together some of the best Arabian horses in the UK and is generously sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman who run a range of races run throughout the Arabian season at racecourses throughout the UK that span from grass roots to its high end finale where they will sponsor The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes, a Group 3 run over 5 furlongs at Newbury Racecourse on 18th August.
The red, green and gold silks of the Royal Cavalry of Oman are a familiar sight in Arabian Races around the UK and their presence and generosity as a sponsor and owner has grown considerably over the past few years. Permanently based on the outskirts of Oman’s capital, Muscat, The Royal Cavalry of Oman are dedicated to the promotion and development of equine breeding and racing as well as training young up and coming jockeys. The Cavalry is led by Brigadier-General Abdulrazak Alshahwarzi who has been instrumental in the promotion of Arabian racing and its heritage by his outstanding contribution to the sport. Their Arabian Racehorse trainer Said Al Badi and his Cavalry racing team will have travelled over 3000 miles to spend the coming months at their UK base in Berkshire while competing at racecourses in the UK.
The Chepstow meeting will look to attract Arabian horses from all round the UK, after a successful campaign at the season opener with 4 wins from the card at Chelmsford, Champion trainer James Owen will be likely to provide strong competition as will Welsh trainer Delyth Thomas whose string is based at Aberkenfig, Bridgend.
Racehorse Trainer, for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Said Al Badi said; ‘’we are delighted to be back in the UK and starting our 2018 campaign at Chepstow Racecourse, the horse are well and we will be looking to go one better than 2017 when we finished second in the Owners Championship. This will be a busy 2018 campaign; especially during this week as we will be sponsoring a Group 3 Race at Royal Windsor the day after the Chepstow event, an international race that is targeting runners from overseas. We have several horses here in the UK this season and hope to have runners in the race ourselves’’.
ARO Racing Operations Manager Willie McFarland commented: “ARO is very proud of its association with The Royal Cavalry of Oman and is immensely grateful for the continued support The Royal Cavalry of Oman have been part of Arabian racing in the UK for more than ten years, their sponsorship is extremely valuable to UK Arabian Racing and we are delighted that they have continued to support us so generously for so many years, we wish them every success throughout the season and hope the relationship will continue for many years to come.”
About the Royal Cavalry of Oman
The Royal Cavalry of Oman enjoyed their best season to date in the UK in 2017, finishing second in the ARO Owners Championship; with seven wins from four individual winners, their victories included two Group 1’s and a Group 2, and £118,676 in prize money. The Royal Cavalry of Oman’s breeding programme also payed dividends last season with their first ever homebred Group 1 winner, Nafees (who won the UK Arabian Derby on Doncaster St Leger day) and the Group 2 juvenile winner, Riyam.
The cavalry itself has strong ties with royalty in the UK having been delivered a celebrated performance at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor in 2016 when more than 100 horses and over 200 members of The Royal Cavalry of Oman have travelled from their base in Muscat to London to perform their musical ride and traditional Omani riding in front of Her Majesty The Queen. They also participated in the 2012 celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee when they took centre stage at the Royal Pageant, true recognition of the passion shared by Oman and UK Royalty.