The first Pattern race of the UK Arabian racing season, the ARO Cup Group 3 PA will take place at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday 28th May.
The prestigious £15,000 race, the first of nine Arabian Pattern races scheduled for the UK under the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) banner, will be run over a mile and will feature some of the top Arabian horses based in the UK and will also look to attract overseas runners.
Sponsors, The Royal Cavalry of Oman are not strangers to Royal Windsor and have come back to the course after sponsoring a card here in 2017. The race will be the only Arabian race on this 7 race Thoroughbred card and will be a highlight for the Royal Cavalry complimenting a range of races run throughout the season, from the 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.
Racehorse Trainer, for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Said Al Badi said; ‘’we are delighted to be back in the UK and especially at Royal Windsor, showcasing this Group 3 Race as an international event. We have several horses here in the UK this season and hope to have runners in the race itself’’.
ARO Racing Operations Manager Willie McFarland commented: “ARO is very proud of its association with The Royal Cavalry of Oman they 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.”
The Bank holiday fixture at Royal Windsor offers its visitors a fun-filled selection of entertainment and attractions including a variety of stalls, face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy castle, pony rides and funfair! Enjoy a great days racing and lots of fun for the whole family on this May bank holiday Monday.
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About the Royal Cavalry of Oman
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 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.