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ARWEN FORTA WINS THE ZAYINARABIANSTUD.CO.UK HANDICAP AT WOLVERHAMPTON

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.”

ZAYINARABIANSTUD.CO.UK HANDICAP WELL SUPPORTED AT WOLVERHAMPTON ON SATURDAY

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomes Zayin Arabian Stud, as lead sponsor of the zayinarabianstud.co.uk (0-65) handicap, to be run at Wolverhampton on Saturday October 17th. The one-mile contest, supported by Emirates Breeders, attracted 17 entries, with a full field of 13 left after declarations this morning.

They include Popsstar and Zayin Zachilles, both former winners of the seven furlong (0-75) Handicap at Dubai International Arabian Races, the most coveted handicap for the smaller owner-breeders in UK Arabian racing. Both horses are capable of either winning or making the frame on their seasonal reappearances, whilst Zayin Zachilles is also a course winner. Zayin Zachilles is joined by his younger half-brother Zayin Zyperion, who is only just starting his career though they may have most to fear from another young contender in Al-Tabari. He is also trained like the Zayin pair by Peter Hammersley, whose wife Michelle also owns him. He has a further two runners, Bin Al Reeh in first-time blinkers and the well-bred Jomanah Athbah who makes her seasonal reappearance.

Also with a strong hand is leading ARO trainer James Owen, with Arwen Forta representing his James Owen Racing Club, accompanied by Forta Stud’s Serafim Forta and Jane Marson’s Heritage Vadel both making their handicap debuts in the race. Jayme Plumb trains two French imports, both looking to improve on their initial UK outings, in Dartianne and Gerko De Tenelle.

Sue Connally’s Samawaat was a distance winner for previous connections, but renews the winning partnership with former ARO leading novice jockey Charlie Price, who has progressed from the amateur ranks to further success under rules as a conditional jockey. Heading the handicap is Mustafeed, for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

 

 

Zayin Arabian Stud’s proprietor Paul Simmons commented: “I’m delighted to support UK Arabian racing and ARO by sponsoring this race. It is particularly important to me to support the grass roots of the sport, and I was delighted to see such a strong field of entries. I look forward to watching this competitive race and welcoming in a worthy winner.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is thrilled to renew their association with Zayin Arabian Stud who have been supporting UK Arabian racing with their homebred runners for many years.

“It is vital during these challenging times that our sport continues to maintain its’ presence as part of the UK racing scene at all levels and we are very grateful to all our sponsors in 2020.

“In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance in 2020.”

AL KAASER WINS THE BAKER MCVEIGH INTERNATIONAL HANDICAP

Al Kaaser continues the good run of form for the trainer-jockey combination of James Owen and Alex Chadwick in the Baker McVeigh International (0-105) Handicap (supported by Emirates Breeders) over a mile and a half at Wolverhampton today. Stablemate Jaahez was four and three-quarter lengths second, giving Owen and owner-breeder HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum a one-two in the race, with Dilmun Racing’s Abiyah Athbah in third.

Owen was delighted with both horses saying: “I was worried that they were going too slow in the race as all Al Kaaser does is stay, his run in Belgium was an improvement on last years’ form and I think he’s improved again. That race set him right for this and he showed a bit of speed there at the end, which is great, the family do take their time and like his half-brother Emiraaty, he’s got a bit of class.

“That was another great ride from Alex, he’s such good value for his three pound claim, and of course he rides them all at home too. It was a hard pick on form for Dane O’Neill who rode Halib Des Forges for His Highness as they met on similar terms as to when Halib beat Al Kaaser last year here. I think the run he’d had in Belgium helped, the same for Jaahez, as he’d had an outing overseas too. It was a big run from him, he tried really hard today and I’m pleased with that.”

He concluded: “It’s great to see new sponsors to Arabian racing in Baker McVeigh. My wife Jenny is part of their practice so they’re a big part of our team at Hamilton Stables and it’s lovely to see them supporting the sport that I’m involved in.”

Stable amateur and last years’ ARO champion jockey Chadwick was pleased to turn around the form with Halib Des Forges saying: “Last year here, Al Kaaser was a bit of a monkey, going left and right and we just lost the race, but this time we had full cup blinkers on him and that made the difference. It’s great to have another winner for James and HH Sheikh Hamdan, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to ride nice horses for them.”

 

 

Baker McVeigh International is a group of equine veterinarians with branches currently in the UK South Africa and France, with over 30 vets and 14 partners worldwide. They commented: “Baker McVeigh are delighted to be sponsoring an ARO race at Wolverhampton on Monday. Arabian Racing is growing significantly worldwide and Baker McVeigh are proud to be a part of it.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was thrilled commenting. “We congratulate James and Alex and his team winning another race for our patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. ARO also warmly welcomes the support of Baker McVeigh International as a new sponsor to UK Arabian racing. It is vital during these challenging times that our sport maintains its’ presence as part of the UK racing scene and we are very grateful to all our sponsors in 2020.”

“In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance so that we may provide opportunities to race at all levels in 2020.”

ARO WELCOMES NEW SPONSOR BAKER MCVEIGH INTERNATIONAL TO WOLVERHAMPTON

The Arabian Racing Organisation welcomes new sponsor, Baker McVeigh International, who will be supporting their next race, a 0-105 handicap, to be run at Wolverhampton on Monday October 5th. The one mile four furlong contest has attracted some of the best Arabians in training in the UK with nine runners declared for this top quality handicap contest.

The first five in the list are all quite closely matched on form and have all won at Dunstall Park in the past. Strong stayer Al Kaaser is at the top of the handicap and he renews his partnership with recent winning amateur Alex Chadwick. Chadwick was in the plate when Al Kaaser was just headed by Halib Des Forges at Wolverhampton over two furlongs last August and the HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum owned pair meet again on similar terms.

Dilmun Racing’s Abiyah Athbah has the strongest recent form. She was an eye-catching fifth to the world’s best Arabian racehorse Ebraz, on her reappearance in the Qatar International Stakes, a Group 1PA contest over a mile at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. She had Tijaary behind her that day and though the James Owen Racing Club runner is better off with her now, Abiyah Athbah won over this distance at Lingfield last year. Third that day was Anfaas, another homebred for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan, she was staying on well on that occasion and has won first-time-out for three consecutive seasons.

Baker McVeigh International is a group of equine veterinarians with branches currently in the UK South Africa and France, with over 30 vets and 14 partners worldwide. They commented: “Baker McVeigh are delighted to be sponsoring an ARO race at Wolverhampton on Monday. Arabian Racing is growing significantly worldwide and Baker McVeigh are proud to be a part of it.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was thrilled commenting. “ARO warmly welcomes the support of Baker McVeigh International to UK Arabian racing. It is vital during these challenging times that our sport maintains its’ presence as part of the UK racing scene and we are very grateful to all our sponsors in 2020.”

“In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance so that we may provide opportunities to race at all levels in 2020.”

TOOFAN WINS ON DEBUT IN THEARABIANRACEHORSE.COM MAIDEN STAKES

It was a pleasing debut win for Toofan in thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes at Wolverhampton today, ridden by stable amateur Alex Chadwick for James Owen and ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. The four-year-old gelding put in a very polished performance on his first outing to win from stablemate Wanaasa and the Jessica Quinlan trained Toufan Du Croate.

Owen commented: “We’ve taken our time with Toofan, as he’s been in training with me for a year now, but he’s a big horse.  In his last piece of work, it looked like it was all coming together – he’s starting to improve quickly, though I thought greenness would catch him out today. Obviously Wanaasa was my first choice, but she ran well in defeat, she’s learnt a lot today and there will be bigger and better things for her, maybe over a bit shorter.

“Toofan’s a nice horse” continued Owen. “I hope he keeps going forward in this manner, we certainly won’t rush him. It’s also great for Alex to win on him, as he does a lot of work with the young horses at home, he’s an integral part of the team at Green Ridge.”

This was a first win of the season for Chadwick, the 2019 ARO champion amateur jockey, who said:

“I came into the race quietly confident, as I ride Toofan every day. The last couple of weeks, the penny’s dropped with him. That was a very professional performance for a debutant, when we got to the front, I thought he might wander around a bit, but he kept on strongly and I had plenty left at the line.

“He does everything right at home, but you can never be sure they’ll do that when you get to the track. It’s also great to get a win on the board with a horse that I know so well and I’d like to thank James and His Highness for the opportunity to ride him.”

Arabian Racehorse magazine editor Debbie Burt, who also acts as media executive and official photographer for the Arabian Racing Organisation commented: “It’s great to be able to support Arabian racing this season when all of racing has been so badly affected by the Covid situation. Even though it may only be a small prize fund, I know it means a lot to everyone taking part. It’s also great to see so many runners with a wide variety of owners from different countries and so many young unexposed horses, which are so import for our sport’s future.

“I am lucky to be able visit a number of our trainers pre-season for the magazine preview, to see as many of these young horses as I can and Toofan was certainly a stand out individual. I’m so glad he has rewarded the team’s patience with a win, first time out.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “We were so pleased to learn that The Arabian Racehorse magazine would be continuing their sponsorship with us this year, as Debbie has been supporting Arabian racing through race sponsorship since 2012.

“It is so important during these difficult times that our sport remains a visible part of the UK racing scene and we are very grateful to all our sponsors. The landmark agreement with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) last year for further integration with thoroughbred racing has helped ensure our presence as part of ‘racing behind closed doors’.

“We thank the BHA and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance so that we may provide opportunities to race at all levels in 2020.”

EXCITING RUNNERS FOR THEARABIANRACEHORSE.COM MAIDEN STAKES AT WOLVERHAMPTON

The Arabian Racing Organisation published another full field of runners for their next Wolverhampton contest, thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes to be run at Wolverhampton on Tuesday 29 September. Race sponsors The Arabian Racehorse magazine expressed their delight with the 13 declarations for the one-mile event which continues the run of well-populated races held by the Arabian Racing Organisation this season and is scheduled to go off at 3.30pm.

Magazine editor Debbie Burt, who also acts as media executive for the Arabian Racing Organisation commented: “It may only be a maiden, but it looks a really competitive affair. There are some very well-bred young horses in the field and I’m sure there will be plenty of winners to come out of it in the future, at all levels.

“It has been a difficult year for racing and for Arabian racing in particular with the season pushed back in the calendar. However, with Arabians being slower to mature than thoroughbreds this late start has been to their advantage, so it’s great that more than half the field are three-year-olds. I’m also delighted that despite the challenges, we have new owners and trainers getting involved this season which is of huge benefit to the diversity of the sport and can only bode well for the future.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was also pleased commenting. “We were delighted that The Arabian Racehorse magazine would be sponsoring with us again this year as Debbie has been supporting Arabian racing through race sponsorship since 2012.

“It is during these difficult times that funding for our sport is most needed and it is inevitable that the less high-profile races are at risk, so we are very grateful to all our sponsors for their support this season. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance so that we may provide opportunities to race at all levels in 2020.

“ARO remains committed to keeping all its’ registered participants informed of updates to UK Arabian racing as soon as they are available.”

MAZYOONAH WINS WATHBASTALLIONS.COM HANDICAP STAKES

 

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted for ARO Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum who had his first success of the UK Arabian racing season when Mazyoonah won the Wathbastallions.com (0-75) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton today. Trained by James Owen and ridden by Jack Mitchell, the five-year-old daughter of No Risk Al Maury finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Alghally, also trained by Owen, with Al Monther trained by Phil Collington a further half-length back in third. Both placed horses were also bred and owned by His Highness.

2019 ARO champion trainer James Owen was slightly surprised with Mayzoonah’s win saying: “I thought she’d struggle under joint top weight and the trip would be on the short-side for her as she won nicely over six furlongs in Holland last year. Jack gave her a lovely patient ride today and it all came right for her. I’d thought Alghally was my strongest chance, but this was only his third start and I think he’s still a bit green, Mazyoonah is more experienced and it showed today.”

Owen was fresh from success in another Sheikh Mansoor Festival race, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup in Belgium, where he also trained the first two home in Al Azeeza for HH Sheikh Hamdan and Tijaary for his own syndicate, the James Owen Racing Club. Of that achievement he commented: “Al Azeeza did it well yesterday and Tijaary ran great too, he continues to improve. I’m pleased with how all the horses are running at the moment.”

Watch Mazyoonah and Jack Mitchell win the Wathbastallions.com (0-75) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton

Jack Mitchell was recording his first ever win on an Arabian from just a handful of previous rides he said: “I just nursed her into it, and we got lucky as the race opened up for her when it mattered, and she did it well. She’ll definitely improve for that run.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO warmly congratulates our Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan with his first UK Arabian victory of 2020. It has been a fantastic season for him here with his thoroughbreds, and we wish him continued success now our season is underway.

“ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, who have been sponsoring with us since 2011. This year has been an exceptional time with many new challenges and we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourses for the support and assistance in enabling our racing to go ahead.”

WATHBASTALLIONS.COM HANDICAP STAKES ATTRACTS FULL FIELD AT WOLVERHAMPTON

Following declarations, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to publish a full field of 13 runners for the Wathbastallions.com Handicap (0-75) Stakes.  The 1m1.5f contest will be the opening race on the card at Wolverhampton on Monday September 14 starting at 3.40pm.

Strongly fancied is the James Owen trained Mawarid, who was successful on his seasonal reappearance last year in the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-60) Handicap at Chelmsford City. He runs in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who has a further four runners, two of which are trained by Phil Collington. Leicestershire based handler Peter Hammersley send three horses, all for different owners, including his homebred colt Al-Tabari.

Delyth Thomas whose horses always warrant respect in handicap company has her first runners of 2020, Kayclaire and Callymay, as does Nikki Malcolm with Deena Bint Krayyan. Making his UK debut for Jayme Plumb is Dartianne for owner-breeders Colin and Michelle Garner.

The Wathba Stallions Cup series supports grassroots Arabian racing as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and is a popular addition to the programme worldwide.

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, who held their first Wathba-supported race with us in 2011. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for the support and assistance in enabling our racing to go ahead during these challenging times.”

HATTAL GAINS ARABIAN DERBY DOUBLE IN UAE PRESIDENT CUP AT DONCASTER

Hattal became the fourth consecutive colt to follow up his French Derby win in the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) run at Doncaster on St Leger day today. Trained by Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte for owner-breeders YAS Horse Racing Management, the four-year-old son of Mahabb coasted into victory to win by three quarters of a length on the line from Jurgurtha de Monlau in second and Loolwa in third.

Ridden by Tadhg O’Shea who was deputising for regular pilot, Ioritz Mendizabal, this was O’Shea’s second win in the Doncaster contest, having previously been successful with Nafees in 2017. Speaking after the race O’Shea said: “Hattal is a very, very smart horse. Connections were hopeful for a good result as he won the French Derby in a really quick time. It’s my first time riding him, but I was unbeaten on his mother Mizzna. She was a champion so he has a bit more to prove yet to be as good as her, but he’s going the right way.

“To be honest, he didn’t really have a race there, if anything he was getting there too soon. It will be exciting to see where connections go with him next, whether they will head to the Arc for the World Cup or out to Abu Dhabi for the Jewel Crown, his mother was unbeaten at that track.”

Faisal Al Rahmani, event manager for the UAE President Cup series said: “The Group 1 UAE President Cup race at Doncaster is a platform for young Arabian horses to build on to become future champions.”

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “This race consistently confirms a winner of the highest class and I am sure we have seen a new star today in Hattal. We thank the UAE President Cup Series for their continued generous support of our feature race for four-year-olds.

“We are also very grateful to Doncaster racecourse and the British Horse Racing Authority for their support of international Arabian racing, enabling this race to go ahead during these challenging times. This event 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.”

HATTAL SEEKS ARABIAN DERBY DOUBLE IN UAE PRESIDENT CUP AT DONCASTER

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) today published the declarations for the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) to be held on Doncaster St Leger Day, Saturday 12 September. The six runners for the prestigious Group 1PA contest include Hattal, winner of the French equivalent at Chantilly earlier this year. Should he be successful, he will be the fourth consecutive colt to do the French-UK Derby double since the UAE President Cup resumed its’ association with the race in 2016.

Trained by Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, Hattal represents last years’ winning connections, YAS Horse Racing Management and will be ridden for the first-time by Tadhg O’Shea. Eight-time UAE Champion Jockey O’Shea, whose return to the Gulf has been delayed by Covid, won four Group 1PA races on Hattal’s dam Mizzna, including the 2008 Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night.

The remaining runners include progressive recent winners Jugurtha De Monlau also from France, and Alameen for ARO Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Alameen is the highest rated of the six UK trained candidates and will be partnered by Jim Crowley, who finished fourth on the colt in a Group 2 PA event last season.

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. Run over a mile and a quarter, the UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) is exclusively for four-year-olds and has been won by Nafees, Rodess Du Loup and Hayyan, all winners of the French Arabian Derby.

 

 

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was delighted commenting. “This race consistently confirms a winner of the highest class and we thank the UAE President Cup Series for their generous support of our feature race for four-year-olds.

“We also thank Doncaster racecourse and the British Horse Racing Authority for their support of international Arabian racing, enabling this race to go ahead during these challenging times. This event 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.”