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THE UAE PRESIDENT CUP (UK ARABIAN DERBY) CONFIRMED FOR DONCASTER ST LEGER DAY

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to announce today that the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) will go ahead on Doncaster St Leger Day. The UAE President Cup is the oldest Purebred Arabian race series and it is fitting that it takes place on the same card as the UK’s oldest thoroughbred classic, the St Leger, which this year will be held on Saturday 12th September on Doncaster’s Town Moor course.

Run over a mile and a quarter, The UAE President Cup resumed its’ association with the UK Arabian Derby in 2016 and is exclusively for four-year-old Purebred Arabians. For three consecutive seasons it has been won by the winner of the French equivalent in Nafees, Rodess Du Loup and Hayyan. It would be no surprise if entries were to include recent French Arabian Derby winner Hattal, trained by Xavier Thomas-Demault for YAS Horse Management and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner-breeders of last year’s winner.

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2019 UAE President Cup winner Hayyan 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was thrilled commenting. “We were excited to welcome back the President of the UAE Cup in 2016 and we are proud that the race consistently produces a top-quality winner. We are extremely grateful to the UAE President Cup Series for their continued support of our feature race for four-year-olds and to Doncaster racecourse for their support of international Arabian racing. This race is now firmly established as part of St Leger Day, at Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year which enhances the contest’s prestige and Arabian racing’s status in the UK.”

EBRAZ EXCELS IN THE QATAR INTERNATIONAL STAKES

The worlds’ leading Arabian racehorse, Ebraz continued his excellent record at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, adding a second consecutive win in the Qatar International Stakes, to his two runner-up successes. The Julian Smart trained seven-year-old is clearly in his prime and quickly asserted his dominance over his rivals in the one-mile contest with minimal urging from Maxime Guyon, who also partnered him to victory last year. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s homebred was just too good for Deyran and the 2017 winner Tayf.

Trainer Julian Smart said: “Ebraz is very special. He is one of the best – he already proved that in Doha, winning the Triple Crown and winning the HH The Amir Sword three times. This is the fourth time he has come to Goodwood – he has been unlucky on two occasions and has managed to win it the last two years. Now we go to France for the Qatar Arabian Gold Cup and who knows, maybe the unthinkable. We already thought the Doha Triple Crown couldn’t be done and he has done it; maybe he can do another one, you never know.

“It’s not a crazy question to ask whether Ebraz might be getting better. I actually think since his prep race three weeks ago, he has been training unbelievably well. He is actually lighter as a seven-year-old than he has ever been.  I have always said the Arabians get better with age. How much better he can get at seven or eight I don’t know, but he’s still going strong and, touch wood, he’s still healthy.

“While he is in this kind of form, I would like to keep him going. We will obviously target the Arc meeting for the Qatar Arabian Gold Cup and then we’ll see – do we go back to Doha for another HH The Amir Sword, or do we leave him in France to go to stud? That will all be decided by the Boss if he is sound in October.”

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Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Sport at the Goodwood Estate commented: “Having Ebraz back was fantastic for us and I’ve been lucky enough to see him win out in Qatar too. This week has been all about superstars and returning champions and Ebraz fits that bill as well as any of the horses that we’ve had here this week, so I’m delighted to see him win today.”

Commenting on the race ARO Finance and Commercial Director Genny Haynes said: “What a wonderful way to open our 2020 season, with a second consecutive win by Ebraz today. We congratulate HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani and Julian Smart for their achievements with such a talented horse. We are delighted that thanks to Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Goodwood racecourse that a contest of this quality was showcased to the world at this most challenging time.

“Though our season has been pushed back in the calendar due to the current circumstances, we look forward to announcing the remaining races in our 2020 race plan in the very near future and thank all of our participants and sponsors for their patience and support.”

PREVIOUS WINNERS EBRAZ AND TAYF RE-OPPOSE IN THE QATAR INTERNATIONAL STAKES ENTRIES

For a fourth consecutive year, two of the world’s leading Arabian racehorses, Ebraz and Tayf will go head to head in the Qatar International Stakes. They complete a field of nine declared runners for the £200,000 Group 1PA contest, to be run over a mile on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. The race will be the first to be held in front of UK spectators since the onset of Covid19 and promises to be a thrilling contest.

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted when Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) confirmed that the race, the most valuable race in their calendar, would go ahead. It forms the first stage of the Doha Triple Crown, comprising of three Group 1PA contests over a mile, a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half. The Qatar Arabian World Cup at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend is the second stage and the HH The Amir Sword, highlight of Qatar’s annual February Festival, concludes the challenge, making it a true test across three countries.

To date, Ebraz, the world’s highest rated Arabian, is the only horse to win the Doha Triple Crown which carries a $1million USD bonus. In what was a truly historic achievement, following his Goodwood success last year, he put up a strong performance to win in Paris and then claimed a third victory in the HH The Amir Sword this February. Dual Group 1PA winner Tayf is a worthy opponent, having beaten Ebraz here in 2017 in an epic dual throughout the final furlong and finished runner-up to him here last year, and in this years’ HH The Amir Sword.

Also opposing from France are two progressive five-year-olds, Deryan and Bel’izam. Deryan comes here on the back of a recent Group 1PA success over further, and has three further pattern wins to his name, including one at this distance. Bel’izam has scored three pattern successes so far and was beaten half a length in November on only his second attempt at the highest level, also at this trip. This month he denied Ebraz a win on his European reappearance, so is clearly going the right way.

The remaining five runners are all UK trained, the largest number of domestic challengers since the race began in 2015. Whilst Storm Troupour and Zayin Angkor Centurion have been found wanting in this before, the most interesting could be Shaheer, making his UK debut for new connections. He was Group 1PA placed in France as a juvenile and at Meydan in 2018. The sporting connections of Tijaary and Abiyah Athbah both admit that career bests are required, however they are the youngest and least exposed of the UK runners. All will be coming here without the benefit of a preparatory outing and with prize money down to sixth, the competition for the lower places will be strong.

QREC CEO Nasser Bin Sherida Al Kaabi commented: “We have all been impacted by this pandemic, but this year’s edition of the race reflects our passion to support Arabian racing under any circumstances. I also would like to thank both ARO and Goodwood for their commitment and hard work.”

Commenting on the event ARO Finance and Commercial Director Genny Haynes said: “We are honoured that a contest of this quality will be our opening race of the season. That two of the leading contenders are renewing their rivalries in this race for a fourth time and are previous winners, underlines the appeal and durability of the breed.

“Though our season has been delayed, we are very grateful for the continued support of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Goodwood racecourse of UK Arabian racing at this most challenging time. Though our season has been pushed back in the calendar due to the current circumstances, we are all delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our sport on the world’s stage once more.”

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EBRAZ – WORLDS’ HIGHEST RATED ARABIAN – HEADS QATAR INTERNATIONAL STAKES ENTRIES

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In a year full of challenges, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted that Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) had confirmed that the Qatar International Stakes would go ahead as part of the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2020. The most valuable race of their calendar, the one-mile contest will be held on the rescheduled date of Saturday August 1st and is the first in front of a crowd of invited racegoers. The 12 entries received (subject to eligibility), however at the top of that list is Ebraz, returning, like 2017 winner Tayf, for a fourth consecutive year. The domestic entries are headed by Mehdaaf Athbah who is untried at the historic Sussex Downs course.

The £200,000 Group 1 PA event forms the first stage of the Doha Triple Crown, the Qatar Arabian World Cup at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend is the second stage and the HH The Amir Sword, highlight of Qatar’s annual February Festival, concludes the challenge. This year, on the back of his 2019 wins at Goodwood and ParisLongchamp, Ebraz won a record-breaking third HH The Amir Sword, and in doing so claimed the Doha Triple Crown. His place in Arabian racing history is more than deserved.

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) CEO Nasser Bin Sherida Al Kaabi commented: “Supporting and Promoting Arabian racing at this difficult time is an achievement which QREC has been able to realise through coordination with ARO and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and we do appreciate their cooperation. This year’s edition will be exceptional as it comes during the Covid-19 pandemic and the related new challenges. Therefore, racing at the Qatar Goodwood Festival will remain special as ever”.

ARO Finance and Commercial Director Genny Haynes is looking forward to the race saying: “We are most grateful for the continued support by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Goodwood racecourse of UK Arabian racing at this most testing time. Though our season has been pushed back in the calendar due to the current circumstances, we are all delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our sport with a top-level race in front of a crowd eager for live racing.”

QREC CONFIRM QATAR INTERNATIONAL STAKES AS PART OF QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2020

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) are delighted that Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) confirmed today that the Qatar International Stakes will go ahead as part of the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2020 on the rescheduled date of Saturday August 1st. Held over a mile on the historic Sussex Downs, the Group 1 PA contest forms the first stage of the Qatar Triple Crown.

Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) CEO Nasser Bin Sherida Al Kaabi commented: “Supporting and Promoting Arabian racing at this difficult time is an achievement which QREC has been able to realise through coordination with ARO and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)  and we do appreciate their cooperation. This year’s edition will be exceptional as it comes during the Covid-19 pandemic and the related new challenges. Therefore, racing at the Qatar Goodwood Festival will remain special as ever”.

For 2020, the race will be run for an agreed prize fund of £200,000 with prize money down to sixth place. This is in-line with the reduction of thoroughbred prize money across the board due to Covid19, but it is still the most valuable Purebred Arabian race in the UK.

QIS Goodwood 2020 Brochure:

Following the BHA Resumption of Racing update of June 5th, the race will be open to international runners, but all entrants must comply with the relevant UK government rules and the BHA’s guidelines and operating procedures for racing behind closed doors. The UK government guidelines for quarantine for international travel are due for review on June 29th so further revisions are anticipated.

ARO remains committed to updating all its’ participants and stakeholders with all relevant information throughout Covid19. ARO is also dedicated to supporting the entrants and their connections in order to enable their safe participation and a successful and competitive race for their sponsors.

ARO Finance and Commercial Director Genny Haynes commented: “We are most grateful for the continued support by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club of UK Arabian racing at this most challenging time. Though our season has been pushed back in the calendar due to the current circumstances, we are delighted to finally get underway a Group 1 PA race and look forward to announcing the remainder of the seasons’ races in due course.”


Ebraz (Maxime Guyon) winning the 2019 Qatar International Stakes Gr 1PA at Goodwood

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ARABIAN RACES 2020 UPDATE

With British thoroughbred racing resuming today, Monday June 1st, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) board wish to clarify the current situation with regards to the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR), scheduled for July 26th at Newbury racecourse.

Due to a number of factors arising from the Covid-19 situation, it has been decided that it is in the best interests of the sport, its’ participants and sponsors that the meeting be postponed until later in the year. ARO, Shadwell Stud and the DIAR Committee are actively sourcing an alternative date and are fully committed to keeping all participants informed as the situation develops.

ARO continues to hold positive discussions with British Horseracing Authority and are thankful for their support and understanding of the need to resume UK Arabian racing as soon as it can be accommodated into the revised calendar.

The ARO board thanks His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the DIAR Committee, Shadwell Stud, Newbury Racecourse, Sportsguide and all of ARO’s registered participants for their on-going support and commitment to DIAR 2020.

Margreet de Ruiter-Floor

Margreet de Ruiter-Floor and Munya Farah after winning the Wathba Stud Farm Cup Premier Handicap Stakes at Newbury in 2013.

The Arabian Racing Organisation was saddened to hear of the passing of successful Dutch owner-breeder Magareet de Ruiter-Floor. Instrumental in the organisation of Dutch Arabian racing, along with her husband Weiger de Ruiter, she represented the Dutch Arabian Racing Committee (DARC) within IFAHR.

She was also a big supporter of UK Arabian racing over six seasons. The highlights being the Newbury victories of Burnet and Munya Farah in the Emirates NBD International Stakes and the Wathba Stud Farm Cup Premier Handicap ridden by Tadhg O’Shea and James Doyle respectively, both were trained by Gill Duffield. She also enjoyed success with UK amateur riders including Phil Collington, Stephen Harrison and Matt Johnson.

Racing abroad with the Duffield trained Periander, in 2011 they won the Emirates Championship (Gr1PA) in Abu Dhabi, ridden by Adrie de Vries and Istanbul’s IFAHR Trophy (Gr2PA) ridden by Richie Mullen.

ARO sends their condolences to her family; she will be sorely missed within the Arabian racing community worldwide.

ARO Update 26.5.20 – BHA Guidelines & Operating Procedures May 2020

IMPORTANT   INFORMATION –  PLEASE READ THE BHA  GUIDELINES & OPERATING PROCEDURES

As you will be aware British Horseracing is hoping for a return to racing on Monday 1st June (subject to Government approval) with a restricted fixture list through to 31st August 2020.  The attached document issued by the BHA on Friday outlines the guidelines and operating procedures for racing behind closed doors for ALL attendees in context of Covid-19 (May 2020).

This is a very detailed and comprehensive document for all attendees on a raceday until further notice. This document will be subject to change over the coming weeks as lockdown measures hopefully continue to be lifted.

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION CAREFULLY so that you are fully aware of all implications, operations and actions that will be in place at all racecourses and we will need to adhere to when an Arabian race takes place.

BHA Guidelines & Operating Procedures May 2020

Update regarding UK Pattern races

Update regarding UK Pattern races

Due to the ongoing Covid19 crisis the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) board have decided that when Arabian racing resumes in the UK, all UK Pattern races will be subject to a six-day entry system. There will be no early closing or supplementary stages.

ARO is fully committed to keeping you updated of any changes throughout the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support of UK Arabian racing and #staysafe

BHA extended suspension of racing and the impact on UK Arabian racing

Last week the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that the suspension of racing, which is due to finish at the end of April, is to be extended. The BHA did not set a new date for ending the suspension, but plans are in place so that the sport is ready to resume as soon as is possible and appropriate in consultation with government. The BHA remain in constant contact with government and are ready to respond quickly.

The BHA has been working with trainers, racecourses and other participants, including the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO), to develop a phased plan for resumption which will allow the sport to transition back to its normal fixture list later in the year.

The ARO 2020 season was due to commence last Friday, April 17th. ARO have been liaising with the BHA as to when the season may commence and in order to give clarity to participants and supporters of Arabian racing, we can confirm there will be no Arabian racing until 1 July 2020 at the earliest.

ARO is fully committed to keeping you updated of any changes throughout the coming weeks.