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FURTHER INTEGRATION OF PUREBRED ARABIAN RACING WITH BRITISH RACING FROM 2021

ARO and The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today announced the next steps regarding the regulatory integration of Purebred Arabian (PA) racing with British thoroughbred racing. The intention to align the regulatory practices was first announced in December 2019.

This initiated a period of further scoping work to be followed by a phased implementation by ARO with support from the Racing Foundation. The COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably created some delays, however, a series of interim measures are being introduced for 2021. Most significantly, existing BHA licenced trainers will be able train both Purebred Arabians and thoroughbred horses, from their current licenced premises, should they wish to do so.

There is no change for existing ARO (legacy) trainers who wish to continue training only Purebred Arabian horses in 2021, who should apply to ARO for a licence as normal. Those wishing to apply for a BHA licence in 2022 will be assisted in this process and should contact the ARO office for further details.

New Purebred Arabian trainers wishing to train in 2021 should also apply to the ARO office and will use 2021 to work towards fulfilling all the requirements of the BHA licencing process for 2022.

There will be no change to the administration of Arabian racing in 2021, which will continue to administered by ARO. ARO will provide the BHA and Weatherbys with all appropriate data relating to trainers, horses, stable staff and owners as and when appropriate or required.

Charles Gregson, ARO Chairman commented: “The announcement last December that integration was to begin, was the most significant breakthrough for our sport since we started racing under the guidance of the BHA following our inception. It has always been the vision of our Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, that Arabian racing would be fully integrated alongside the British thoroughbred racing industry.

“This brings the UK into line with the rest of the world, where Arabians are routinely trained alongside thoroughbreds. Despite the challenges due to COVID-19, we continued to race, providing a shortened programme catering for all abilities from maidens to Group 1PA races. It was also encouraging to welcome new owners, trainers and jockeys to the sport in the UK, even with the new restrictions.”

Gregson concluded: “We thank the BHA and the Racing Foundation in enabling this progress towards integration. We are also very grateful to all our participants, sponsors, the officials, racecourses and supporters for their commitment to Arabian racing this year and look forward to the 2021 season.”

ARO PATRON HH SHEIKH HAMDAN SECURES NINETEENTH OWNERS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season concluded today at Wolverhampton with some familiar names heading the championship tables. ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum secured his nineteenth Owners Championship, which was also his seventeenth consecutive win. James Owen achieved his fourth Trainers Championship, with his stable amateur jockey Alex Chadwick retaining the Jockeys Championship for a second successive year.

Speaking of his success Owen said: “Of course it’s been a difficult season, so all our thanks go to ARO, our team, all our owners and the sponsors for waiting. We’ve got some nice progressive types coming along and with Shadwell’s support, who have been great, and our Racing Club who have also been very patient, we’re looking forward to next year when hopefully everyone can return to the races as normal.”

2020 ARO Champion Trainer James Owen

Chadwick was also full of praise for the team behind him saying: “It’s a massive achievement for me, as coming into this season with less races, I knew it would be a much harder task. I’d like to thank James, His Highness and all the owners for giving me the opportunities and all credit goes to everyone at home. I have the great job of riding nice horses at the races, but there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, with everyone doing much more than me to get these horses to the track. Hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling on to next season.”

2020 ARO Champion Jockey Alex Chadwick

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO sends their warmest congratulations to His Highness on his continued success this season, and also to James and Alex whose hard work continues to pay dividends on the racecourse. His Highness also bred and owns the leading Arabian mare, Wanaasa, trained by James, and it is also her sire, No Risk Al Maury who heads the UK leading sires’ championship for the first time.

Shadwell Arabians Marketing and Nominations Co-ordinator Marion Lachat receives the 2020 ARO Champion Owner trophy on behalf of HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum 

“We also congratulate Peter and Michelle Hammersley on the success of their Al-Tabari and his breeder Julie Kelway, as he earns the leading Arabian horse title. Which is a very pleasing achievement for small-owner breeders in what has been an incredibly difficult and challenging year for all in racing.

2020 Leading Arabian Horse Al-Tabari with trainer Peter Hammersley

Haynes concluded: “ARO is thankful for the support of our participants who chose to keep their horses in training during these uncertain times and is extremely grateful to all our valued sponsors this season. Even though we were only able to hold fourteen races, it is due to this support that we have maintained our presence as part of UK racing. In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and everyone at Chelmsford City, Doncaster, Goodwood and Wolverhampton Racecourses for their continued assistance in ensuring that we were able to race in 2020.”

A ONE-TWO-THREE FOR HIS HIGHNESS’S HOMEBREDS IN THE SHADWELL ARABIAN STALLIONS HANDICAP STAKES

 

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season came to a close at Wolverhampton this afternoon, with the nine-and-a-half-furlong Shadwell Arabians Stallions (0-95) Handicap Stakes. ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s homebreds filled the first three places with Loolwa winning convincingly, providing trainer Phil Collington with his first UK win of the season.

Fittingly in a race named for Shadwell Arabian Stallions, the three fillies were by Shadwell sires, with Loolwa and second placed Farhaa being daughters of Al Saoudi, whilst third placed Anfaas is a daughter of No Risk Al Maury.

Though familiar with the breed from time spent riding in Dubai, jockey Kevin Stott was recording his first UK win on an Arabian and was pleased with Loolwa’s professional attitude saying: “She’s a nice big filly, I can only see her going forward from this. I said to Phil that back on Turf she’ll probably enjoy a bit of cut in the ground and I think she could get further too. I couldn’t fault her performance at all.”

Collington was obviously relieved to be back in the winners circle and was delighted with Loolwa commenting: “It’s been frustrating, her debut effort was above expectations, when she was third in the UK Arabian Derby, but to see her win today confirmed the ability that she showed then. I’m longing to see her back on Turf next season.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We congratulate His Highness on his success this afternoon and thank Shadwell Arabian Stallions for their support.”

“ARO is extremely grateful for the support of all our valued sponsors this season, 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 in 2020.”

SHADWELL ARABIAN STALLIONS HANDICAP STAKES CONCLUDES THE ARO SEASON AT WOLVERHAMPTON

Six runners will contest the Shadwell Arabians Stallions (0-95) Handicap Stakes to be run at Wolverhampton on Monday 30 November. The nine-and-a-half-furlong contest will be the final race in the 2020 Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season.

ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan is well represented with five of the six runners, three of which are trained by leading trainer James Owen. Emiraaty and Farhaa have done all their racing overseas this term and though placed, are both seeking a first win for the season, whilst Mayzoonah was a course and distance winner in a lower grade on her latest outing. Farhaa could be the one to follow as she is reunited with three-time ARO leading lady jockey Joanna Mason. Mason who has recently turned professional, was the last jockey to get the five-year-old filly’s head in front when it mattered.

Owen also fields Sattam for his own Racing Club, who will be hoping for a good show for their last UK runner of 2020. He ran well on his debut at the Midlands track before making a quick reappearance in the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby). There he finished fourth, with Loolwa more than two lengths ahead in third, she also reopposes here. Trained by Phil Collington, she was very professional that day and has since made the frame over course and distance, giving weight to the winner and second. Her stablemate Anfaas, like Emiraaty, has won over a mile at the course, but lacked her usual finishing kick on reappearance and is tried in a visor here.

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We thank Shadwell Arabian Stallions for sponsoring our last race of 2020, in what has been a challenging year for everyone.

“ARO is extremely grateful for the support of all our valued sponsors this season, 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 in 2020.”

AL-TABARI LEADS FOUR HOME FOR HAMMERSLEY IN THE EQUINE MEDIRECORD HANDICAP STAKES AT WOLVERHAMPTON

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.”

EIGHT RUNNERS FOR THE EQUINE MEDIRECORD HANDICAP STAKES AT WOLVERHAMPTON

Eight runners will contest the Equine MediRecord (0-70) Handicap Stakes to be run at Wolverhampton on Saturday 21 November. The nine-and-a-half furlong contest supported by Emirates Breeders will be the penultimate contest in the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season.

The race features a strong hand from local trainer Peter Hammersley whose string is in great form at present winning yesterday with Abiyah Athbah at Chelmsford City. He also saddled the second, third and fourth in a similar contest at the Midlands track on Monday. Three of those runners reappear here, in Samawaat (second), Zayin Zyperion (third) and Bin Al Reeh (ninth), however his strongest contender could be Al-Tabari, owned by his wife Michelle. The four-year-old gelding won here over a mile and half on his most recent start, having previously run well to be fourth over course and distance on his seasonal reappearance.

Bin Al Reeh runs in the colours of HH Sheikha Maryam bin Maktoum Al Maktoum who also owns his half-sister Deena Bint Krayaan, trained by Nikki Malcolm. The eight-year-old mare put up a career best effort on Monday and though needs to step up again, is going the right way now.

Leading trainer James Owen fields Arwen Forta for his own Racing Club and Mawarid for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Arwen Forta won here over a mile before disappointing behind Al-Tabari over a mile and a half; whilst Mawarid is yet to build on the promise he showed last year, he has the assistance of His Highness’s retained jockey Jim Crowley in the saddle for the first time.

Completing the line-up is Falcon Du Roc’h who is making his belated seasonal reappearance. Still a maiden, he has run well here twice, including on his debut last year when third to Abiyah Athbah and finishing ahead of Arwen Forta.

Equine MediRecord’s Chief Operating Officer Finlay Dargan commented: “We’re delighted to support Arabian racing in the UK and overseas. We’re really looking forward to seeing who takes home the first Equine MediRecord Handicap Stakes!”

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We are delighted that Equine MediRecord have joined with the Emirates Breeders to be lead sponsors of this race. Their digital system has been instrumental in allowing us to race this season and has been a huge help to all our participants.

“ARO is extremely 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.”

ABIYAH ATHBAH SCORES IN THE BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS CONDITIONS STAKES

Dilmun Racing’s Abiyah Athbah was a ready winner of the Baileys Horse Feeds Conditions Stakes run in association with Emirates Breeders at Chelmsford City today. The six-year-old who was last seasons’ leading mare finished two and a quarter lengths clear of Tijaary in second, recording her first win of 2020.

After the race trainer Peter Hammersley commented: “I’m sure it was just the weight that beat her last time over a mile and a half. Joey Haynes has given her a beautiful ride today. We thought there would be plenty of pace, but if there wasn’t he’d just let her bowl along and she travelled really, really well, I’m so pleased. We’ve always thought she had bags of speed, so we have plenty of options for her now.”

This was the second of two races that Baileys Horse Feeds have sponsored with ARO this season. Their export manager Mark Buchan commented: “We’re pleased to be putting something back into the domestic sport and supporting our local course at the same time as Chelmsford City is just ten minutes from our mill.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We were thrilled to continue our association with Baileys Horse Feeds whose support of Arabian racing began in 2017. We now welcome them back as lead sponsor of two races after their generous support of the Leading Trainer Award at Dubai International Arabian Races last year.

“ARO is very grateful for their increased support, which has enabled us to maintain our presence as part of UK racing, as have all our valued sponsors in 2020. In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Chelmsford City Racecourse for their continued assistance this season.”

COMPETITIVE FIELD FOR BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS CONDITIONS STAKES AT CHELMSFORD CITY

The Baileys Horse Feeds Conditions Stakes to be run in association with Emirates Breeders over seven furlongs at Chelmsford City on Thursday 19 November, looks a competitive affair. Four of the five runners have met over a range of distances and surfaces throughout the summer and autumn under Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) rules and also in Belgium.

At the top of the card is Okbar Aashour’s Storm Troupour, a course and distance winner who is also the only horse with a pattern success in the line-up. He has proven most effective at sprint trips on All Weather surfaces and has plenty of Group placed form to his name as well. He finished behind Abiyah Athbah (fifth) and Tijaary (sixth) when they made their seasonal reappearances in the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) over a mile in August. However, the conditions at Chelmsford City will be ideal for him and though the oldest horse in the field, he won a similar contest over half a furlong further in Belgium in September.

The Peter Hammersley trained Abiyah Athbah was the leading mare last season and certainly put up a career best against race-fit top-level horses at Goodwood. She will be stepping down to this distance for the first time. Tijaary is one of three runners trained by James Owen and races in the colours of Owen’s Racing Club. A three-time winner last term he was second to stablemate Al Azeeza over a mile in Belgium and will be tried in blinkers for the first time.

Al Azeeza is a two-time winner in Belgium this year, though this will be her first UK outing in 2020. She won a very competitive handicap over a mile on Turf last term when Abiyah Athbah was fourth and is the highest rated horse in the race. She is owned and bred by ARO patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, as is the fifth and final runner Toofan who impressed with a decisive win on his debut over a mile at Wolverhampton in September. Two winners have already come out of that race including the second, Wanaasa who went one better at the Essex track with a six length win two weeks ago in the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Stakes.

That contest was the first of two races that Baileys Horse Feeds are sponsoring with ARO in 2020. Mark Buchan, export manager for the company commented: “We are delighted to be renewing our association with UK Arabian racing again this season. We feel it is important to be putting something back and it makes sense to support racing at our local track, Chelmsford City.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We are pleased to renew our association with Baileys Horse Feeds whose support of UK Arabian racing began in 2017 with a variety of Best Turned Out awards and we now welcome them back as lead sponsor of two races.

“ARO is very grateful for this increased support, which has enabled us to maintain our presence as part of UK racing, as have all our valued sponsors in 2020. In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Chelmsford City Racecourse for their continued assistance this season.”

SERAFIM FORTA IMPRESSES IN THE RACING TO SCHOOL INSPIRING YOUNG MINDS HANDICAP

Forta Stud’s homebred Serafim Forta was an impressive winner of the Racing to School Inspiring Young Minds (0-60) Handicap today at Wolverhampton. The nine-and-a-half furlong race supported by Emirates Breeders, attracted 12 runners, but it was Serafim Forta, the youngest horse in the race that showed the greatest improvement. He finished two and a half lengths ahead of the Connally’s Samawaat, with Zayin Arabian’s Zayin Zyperion a neck behind in third.

Trained by James Owen and ridden by leading ARO amateur Alex Chadwick, the three-year-old colt has improved with every race and is a first UK winner for Forta Stud’s own stallion, Sadeem.

Speaking after the race Chadwick said: “James was a bit worried I’d gone too soon on him, but he was going so well, I didn’t want to take a pull and unsettle his stride. At home he’s very buzzy and we go out at six in the morning when it’s much quieter, but everyone loves him at the yard.”

Racing to School Programme Manager Ollie McPhail commented: “We send our warmest congratulations to the winning connections at Wolverhampton today. It has been great to renew our association with the Arabian Racing Organisation even if we can’t be there in person. Like everyone in the industry we have had to adapt our working methods and though we can’t attend live race days, the fact that we are outside and with a low number of people on site, means that the children can still have a meaningful educational experience.

“We are looking forward to getting back on track when the restrictions are lifted and to working with ARO to increase awareness of the career opportunities within the sport.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We are delighted for Forta Stud, the owner breeders of Serafim Forta, who have supported UK Arabian racing with both runners and race sponsorship for many years now.

“We are also pleased to be able to continue our association with Racing To School, as lead sponsor of this race with the Emirates Breeders. We also sincerely hope we will be able to welcome this excellent educational charity to our Arabian races in 2021 as part of their regular programme of events in what will be their twentieth anniversary year.”

Haynes concluded: “ARO is very grateful for the support of all our valued sponsors this season, 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 year.”

 

RACING TO SCHOOL INSPIRING YOUNG MINDS HANDICAP STAKES AT WOLVERHAMPTON

Twelve runners will contest the Racing To School Inspiring Young Minds (0-60) Handicap Stakes to be run at Wolverhampton on Monday 16 November. The nine-and-a-half furlong contest has attracted an interesting mix of seasoned handicappers and unexposed contenders.

The field is headed by Whitley Meadows Arabians Popsstar, winner of one of last seasons’ most competitive handicaps. She is joined by Serafim Forta, owned and bred by regular race sponsor Forta Stud. The youngest horse in the race, though still a maiden, he has improved in each of his three starts and looks an exciting prospect for the future.

Midlands trainer Peter Hammersley hit form at the track last time and has five runners declared. Representing Paul Simmons Zayin Arabians are the half-brother Zayin Zachilles and Zayin Zyperion. The 11-year-old Zayin Zachilles is already a winner of nine races, but it could be that the younger Zayin Zyperion has improved past him. They will face strong competition from stablemate Jomah Athbah, who was only a short head behind Zayin Zyperion when they last met. He also runs Samawaat who has recently joined him from the Connallys who are long-term supporters of Arabian racing.

Another seasoned ARO owner is HH Sheikha Maryam bin Maktoum Al Maktoum who has three runners, Bin Al Reeh from the Hammerlsey yard, his half-sister Deena Bint Krayaan, and Ma’ase Bin Krayaan who are trained by Nikki Malcolm. The least exposed is Ma’ase Bin Krayaan who is making his handicap debut for the Dorset trainer.

French import Gerko De Tenelle is having his third UK run for new owners Darren and Jayme Plumb and should be suited by the drop in class. Jen Harris and Evermore Racing also have two homebreds – Kayack who could make a bold show based on his recent second at the course and Kaymeleon who is making her seasonal debut.

Ollie McPhail, who is the Programme Manager for the Racing to School charity said: “We have been working with the Arabian Racing Organisation for a number of years now. Like everyone in the industry we have had to adapt our working methods and though we can’t attend live race days, the fact that we are outside and with a low number of people on site, means that the children can still have a meaningful educational experience.

“We are looking forward to getting back on track when the restrictions are lifted and to working with ARO to increase awareness of the career opportunities within the sport.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Commercial and Finance Director said: “We are pleased to be able to continue our association with Racing To School, as lead sponsor of this race with the Emirates Breeders.

“Even though we are not able to invite pupils on course this season, we supported Racing to School earlier in the year when we provided a colouring-in sheet of the winning horse from the last event we hosted for them at Lingfield Park. This was well received by the younger age groups and we look forward to continuing our association with this excellent charity in 2021.”

“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.”