Last seasons’ leading trainer-jockey combination of James Owen and Alex Chadwick continued their good run of form when Arwen Forta ran out a convincing winner of the zayinarabianstud.co.uk (0-65) handicap supported by Emirates Breeders, run at Wolverhampton on Saturday October 17th. Racing in the colours of the James Owen Racing Club, Arwen Forta finished two lengths ahead of Zayin Zyperion and Jomanah Athbah.
Owen was delighted with the mares’ performance and for the Club members saying: “It’s nice to get a winner on the board for the Racing Club, we’ve got some nice horses, but she’s just taken her time to come to hand. She’s a good staying filly and hopefully she’ll come back here at the end of the month for the 1m4f race, it’s a step up in class, but the step up in trip will really suit her.”
Chadwick, who rides the mare at home commented: “She was still quite green last season, but she has come on a lot for her last run here when she was fifth. She was very professional today and took me all the way to the line.”
The six-year-old mare is leased from Forta Stud and is by No Risk Al Maury, as was the second placed horse, Zayin Zyperion – one of two representatives for the sponsor Paul Simmons’ Zayin Arabian Stud.
Simmons who was also present commented: “It was a brilliant race today, I’m delighted to support Arabian racing in this lower-level handicap. It’s good to see James have a winner for his Racing Club as they are great supporters of UK Arabian racing.
“I am really thrilled with Zayin Zyperion, Zayin Zachilles younger half-brother, it’s only his fourth run and the first one in his proper grade and Antonia Peck gave him a lovely ride. I’m pleased for Pete Hammersley who trains him and also the third Jomanah Athbah.”
Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO was thrilled to renew their association with Zayin Arabian Stud who have been racing their homebred Arabians with us for many years. We congratulate James Owen and his team on their success and thank all of ARO’s participants who have supported UK Arabian racing during this difficult season.
“We are very grateful to the Emirates Breeders and all our sponsors for their support in 2020 which enables us to maintain a presence as part of UK Arabian racing during these challenging times. In addition we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance this season.”