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AMIRAT AL ZAMAN BOOKS DERBY TICKET WITH WIN IN WATHBA STALLIONS CUP

 

Amirat Al Zaman and Marco Ghiani winning the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-95) Handicap at Newbury © Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

A one-two for Owen with new owners at Newbury

 

Friday 19 July 2024 –

Leading Iraqi owner breeder Dr Mohammed Al Nujaifi is making a fruitful return to UK Arabian racing following a second win for his Amirat Al Zaman in the £6,000 Wathba Stallions Cup (0-95) Handicap over a mile and a quarter at Newbury. All being well the four-year-old filly will have booked her place in the Group 1PA UK Arabian Derby next month.

Ridden again by Marco Ghiani, the pair led throughout and despite a late challenge from UK debutant Winds Of Fortune, their success was never in doubt. Both the first and second are trained in Newmarket by leading ARO trainer James Owen, who has taken both horses in for a UK summer campaign from their overseas based owners, Al Nujaifi Racing and Cre Run Farm. Course and distance winner Paramer Angel improved on his run last week to finish a gallant third under former ARO champion novice jockey, Charlie Price.

Amirat Al Zaman is a daughter of Dr Al Nujaifi’s dual Group 1PA winner Hilal Al Zaman and is a half-sister to two French Arabian Oaks winners in Muneera and Al Shomoos.

 

 

Quotes:

Marco Ghiani, jockey, 1st“She was great, she felt like she had sharpened up a lot from the last race. Obviously I knew her today so I could be more confident. She did really well as the race was a bit faster than Yarmouth and we had an extra couple of furlongs to go but she stayed on really well and she fought hard. I think she should be ok for the Derby.”

James Owen, Trainer, 1st, 2nd“Amirat Al Zaman pinged the gates and she led well like last time. She’s galloped all the way to the line and is very resolute for an Arabian, she wasn’t stopping at the end. If she comes out of this well, she’ll head to the Derby. It was a good performance for a filly.

“Winds Of Fortune is a nice horse, he carried top weight and I felt was a little bit ring rusty, I think he’ll come on massively for it. I learnt a lot about him today and speaking to Pat [Dobbs, jockey], he was happy with him. If he comes out of this fine, he’s got the experience of the better races run at higher speeds, so we’ll look to go to Goodwood for the Group 1. He needs cover and producing late, and we’ll probably put the blinkers back on, but he’s run well today.”

Charlie Price, jockey 3rd“That was a bit more like it. An improvement on Chester today.”

 

James Owen, Amirat Al Zaman, Lissie Reeves and Marco Ghiani winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-95) Handicap at Newbury © Debbie Burt – Equine Creatie Media

 

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festivalcommented, “We’re delighted for everyone at Al Nujaifi Racing for the win of Amirat Al Zaman. It will be a good compliment for the Festival if she can win this race and then go on and do well in the UK Arabian Derby next month.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “We’re delighted for the Al Nujaifi Racing and James Owen teams for gaining a second win with Amirat Al Zaman and we thank the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and the Wathba Stallions Cup for their support of our racing. Our warmest congratulations also go to America’s Cre Run Farm with their first UK runner in their own colours with Winds Of Fortune in second.

“We thank The Arabian Racehorse magazine who sponsored the Best Turned Out Award won by Rebecca Brady for Paramer Angel and now look forward to our next race at Lingfield on Tuesday 23 July.”

Genny Haynes with James Owen and Marco Ghiani winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-95) Handicap at Newbury with Al Nujaifi Racing’s  Amirat Al Zaman

© Debbie Burt- Equine Creative Media

 

1st: AMIRAT AL ZAMAN (FR)

2nd: WINDS OF FORTUNE (USA)

3rd: PARAMER ANGEL (GB)

4 ran – Non- Runner 1 MUTWAHHEJ ATHBAH

Distances: 1.25, 2.75

Time: 2.16.43

 

Going: GOOD

IZENTERISKY MAKES WINNING COMEBACK IN THE WATHBA STALLIONS CUP AT CHESTER

 

Izenterisky and John Fahy winning the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-70) Handicap at Chester © Alan Wright

 

Collington homebred defies 1791 day absence to score

 

Saturday 13 July 2024 –

It was an emotional success for the Collington family when their homebred gelding Izenterisky returned to the track after over four years away to produce a thrilling win by four lengths under John Fahy. Having been trapped behind the eventual second Victoria, and third Delicatesse, Fahy took advantage of the cutaway on the rail and smoothly took up the lead to win going away.

Izenterisky is the first foal trainer Phil Collington’s wife Sheila has bred and was led up by their daughter Sophie this afternoon. During his time as a leading amateur jockey on Arabians Collington rode the dam, Pinkie Tuscadero to two wins at a similar level and distance, plus he won on the sire, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s No Risk Al Maury on his debut. The family also continue to care for the world renown champion stallion in his retirement and this win puts the veteran sire back at the head of the UK leading sire’s table.

With a prize fund of £15,000 this was the most valuable handicap of the nine non-PA Group races sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival in the UK this season, who’s total runs to 150 globally, culminating in the Group 1PA HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown in Abu Dhabi in December.

 

 

Quotes:

John Fahy, jockey, 1st“A very pleasing performance, Phil said to me going out that he was fit. He’s a lovely big kind, caring horse and it’s been a great job by Phil and all the team at home to get him back.”

Lissie Reeves, Arabian Assistant to James Owen, trainer 2nd, 3rd“I’m really happy they both ran to form. Particularly pleased with Delicatesse considering she only ran earlier this week, she was still fresh at home so we were happy to bring her. Maybe if the ground had been a bit better, it might have been different, but I’m still really happy with them both.”

Charlie Price, jockey, Paramer Angel, 5th“He travelled ok, but the track was too sharp for him, he likes a galloping track and just found everything happening too quick.”

 

Sheila Collington, Izenterisky, John Fahy and Sophie Collington winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-70) Handicap at Chester © Alan Wright

 

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival commented, “It’s been a beautiful day at Chester, we’re delighted for the win of Sheila Collington’s Izenterisky, a brilliant training performance by her husband Philip to get the horse back to fitness to win so well today. It had been a beautiful day at historic Chester racecourse and we are delighted to bring the Sheikh Mansoor Festival to this city.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “We warmly congratulate all of the Collington family on their win today with their homebred Izenterisky and we thank Lara Sawaya for making a second trip to the UK to support our racing this year on behalf of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and the Wathba Stallions Cup who do so much for us. We’re also delighted to bring Arabian racing to a crowd of over 14,000 this afternoon at Chester, who have given us a warm welcome for a second successive year.

“We also thank Racing Welfare who sponsored the Best Turned Out Award won by Rebecca Brady for Paramer Angel and now look forward to our next race at Newbury on Friday 19 July.”

 

Genny Haynes, Sheila Collington, Lara Sawaya and John Fahy winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-70) Handicap © Alan Wright

 

1st: IZENTERISKY (GB)

2nd: Victoria (GB)

3rd: Delicatesse (FR)

7 ran –

Distances: 2.75, 2.50

Time: 1.20.60

Going: GOOD to SOFT

OWEN KEEPS ON TOP WITH HOMEBRED WIN IN EMIRATES BREEDERS HANDICAP

 

Delicatesse and Miss Teagan Padgett win the Emirates Breeders (0-55) Handicap at Lingfield Park

©John Hoy

Delicatesse off the mark at Lingfield Park

 

Tuesday 9 July 2024 –

Newmarket multipurpose trainer James Owen maintains his lead on the UK Arabian trainers’ championship with a win for Delicatesse who he bred in partnership with former ARO director Rachel Gowland, from a mare who’d he also trained to win twice. The four-year-old filly was having her first start at six furlongs, a trip her dam Delishess had won over at Grade 2 level when starting her career in the USA. Coljani and Paddy Bradley were second for Peter Hammersley and the Raffles Partnership, with Owen’s other runner, Zizania Du Mazet third under apprentice Fred Daly.

Partnered by stable amateur and current ARO Leading Jockey Teagan Padgett, Delicatesse relished the drop in trip and won quite easily in Owen’s colours by two-and three-quarter lengths.  She could make a quick reappearance on Saturday at Chester, shouldering a six pound penalty in the season’s most valuable handicap the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-70) Handicap, featuring a prize fund of £15,000, for which runners declare tomorrow.

 

Watch Delicatesse and Miss Teagan Padgett win the Emirates Breeders (0-55) Handicap at Lingfield Park

Quotes: 

Lissie Reeves, Arabian Assistant Trainer to James Owen, 1st, 3rd: “We’re really pleased with Delicatesse, she ran off a nice low weight which definitely helped her, along with the shorter trip which probably suited her and kept her interested.”

Miss Teagan Padgett, jockey, 1st: “Really happy with her run today, the drop in trip obviously helped and as home bred for James, it’s really great to get her off the mark at the eighth attempt.”

 

Delicatesse and Miss Teagan Padgett winners of the Emirates Breeders (0-55) Handicap at Lingfield Park ©John Hoy

 

Genny Haynes, ARO CEO: “We congratulate James, Teagan and everyone at Green Ridge Stables and are particularly pleased to see a win for a UK homebred.

“We thank Emirates Breeders for their continued sponsorship particularly supporting grassroots races such as this one. We thank with International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities Pattern and Handicapping Committee Chairman Neil Abrahams for presenting the winning trophy to Lissie Reeves on behalf of James Owen.”

 

Lissie Reeves receives the trophy for the Emirates Breeders (0-55) Handicap Stakes on behalf of James Owen from Neil Abrahams ©John Hoy

 

1st: DELICATESSE (GB)

2nd: Coljani (GB)

3rd: Zizania Du Mazet (FR)

6 ran – No 4 SASSY non-runner

Distances: 2.75, 2.50

Time: 1.20.60

Going: STANDARD

QUALITY ENTRIES FOR DONCASTER’S UAE PRESIDENT CUP – UK ARABIAN DERBY

 

 

Extra Time, beaten a neck in the French Arabian Derby, could get the chance for revenge at Doncaster in August ©Debbie Burt

 

Headed by first four home in French equivalent 

Friday 5 July 2024 –

This year’s £80,000 UAE President Cup – UK Arabian Derby Group 1PA held at Doncaster on August 17 has attracted 15 entries. The mile and a quarter contest has been run at Doncaster since 2016 under the sponsorship of the UAE President Cup, the world’s oldest Arabian race sponsorship series, which this year encompasses 15 races around the world.

Nine entries are from overseas and include the first four home in the French equivalent last month, Muraad, Extra Time, Luwsail and Molfit. Winners of the Qatar Derby des Pur Sang Arabes de 4 Ans have an exceptional record at Doncaster winning every edition that they have contested, which bodes well for YAS Horse Racing Management’s Muraad, should the colt be declared next month. However there are five other entries currently rated over 100 and several others could improve between now and raceday including Fifre Al Maury who runs in the Central European Derby in Poland on Sunday – a race also supported by the UAE President Cup.

The domestic challenge includes recent winners Amirat Al Zaman and Fareedat El Izz (who has since been (Gr2PA placed), as well as Hadaaya who won at Lingfield on Derby Trials Day.

Quotes:

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “ARO is delighted to receive so many entries from abroad, as well as some exciting young UK trained horses. This race consistently crowns a progressive top-level horse, with the last winner, Al Doha, going on to be runner up in the Qatar Arabian World Cup on Arc Day, as well as securing another top level win on her seasonal reappearance this year in Paris.

“We thank the UAE President Cup and Doncaster racecourse for supporting our racing this season and look forward to declarations on August 14, however we will welcome any supplementary entries up to noon on August 11.”

MORE UK SUCCESS FOR AL NUJAIFI RACING WITH WIN IN EMIRATES BREEDERS MAIDEN

 

Amirat Al Zaman and Marco Ghiani win the Emirates Breeders Maiden at Great Yarmouth ©Debbie Burt

Amirat Al Zaman puts French form behind her at Yarmouth

Thursday 4 July 2024 –

There was further success for leading Iraqi owner breeder Dr Mohammed Al Nujaifi following his return to UK racing with another homebred filly, Amirat Al Zaman taking the honours at Great Yarmouth in the £6,000 Emirates Breeders Maiden Stakes over a mile. The four-year-old is one of two fillies to join Newmarket handler James Owen this season from France, and now both are winners.

Ridden by Marco Ghiani, for whom it was a first win on an Arabian, the pair set off in front and though Rich Pulls Pitch and David Egan tried to challenge, they were too strong for Al Asayl’s three-year-old filly who finished a length and three quarters adrift on the line. Athbah Racing’s Jameelaty and Dylan Hogan were well behind in third.

Amirat Al Zaman is a daughter of Dr Al Nujaifi’s dual Group 1PA winner Hilal Al Zaman and is a half-sister to two French Arabian Derby winners. Both she and Fareedhat El Izz who also won on her UK debut for Owen and Al Nujaifi Racing, will get entries for the £80,000 UK Arabian Derby, sponsored by the UAE President Cup series, run at Doncaster on August 17, entries for which close tomorrow at Noon.

Watch Amirat Al Zaman and Marco Ghiani win the Emirates Breeders Maiden at Great Yarmouth

Quotes: 

Marco Ghiani, jockey, 1st“She was a bit tricky to get into the stalls but the handlers did a good job. She did really well, jumped nicely, travelled beautifully. I saw something coming on the stand side rails, but I thought that was coming a bit too soon so I didn’t panic, and in the last half furlong the grey horse was getting close, but she found a bit more. 

“I’ve ridden Arabians for a few years now, including in Italy, but this is my first winner. The first racehorse I rode at home was an Arabian and I used to get told off all the time, because she always had the better of me – it taught me a lot!”

Val Bunting, Racing and Breeding Manager, Al Nujaifi Racing, 1st: “We are delighted with Amirat Al Zaman, she was born and raised with me and she has always been one of my favourites. After her two disappointing starts in France I think the penny has finally dropped. Hopefully she may go to the Derby next, we’ll see how she comes out of the race.”

Phil Collington, trainer, 3rd“Dylan felt she travelled into the race pretty well, she just didn’t finish it off. I think we probably need to go back into handicap company, I think she will win, it’s just finding the right race for her.”

Marco Ghiani, Amirat Al Zaman and Lissie Reeves winners of the Emirates Breeders Maiden Stakes at Great Yarmouth © Debbie Burt

Genny Haynes, ARO CEO: “We are thrilled for all at Al Nujaifi Racing and the James Owen team for the win of Amirat Al Zaman, to go with their other filly’s success at Newbury last month. Also for Marco, who has been PA Group placed with us, to finally get a win.

“It’s really important for us to attract new and returning owners which we had today, not just with overseas owned horses like Amirat Al Zaman and the Al Asayl three-year-olds, but domestic owners too, like Darren Plumb and Selena Caston.

“We thank Emirates Breeders for their continued sponsorship and Baker McVeigh International for sponsoring the Best Turned Out Award presented to Sophie Collington for Jameelaty and look forward to making a quick return to action at Lingfield Park on Tuesday.”

 

Lissie Reeves receives the trophy for the Emirates Breeders Maiden Stakes on behalf of Al Nujaifi Racing from Willie McFarland ©Debbie Burt

 

1st: Amerat Al Zaman (FR)

2nd: Rich Pulls Pitch (FR)

3rd: Jameelaty (GB)

5 ran – No 1 Galactic Girl was withdrawn for not entering the stalls

Distances: 1.75, 10.75

Time: 1.48.22

Going: GOOD

 

Jameelaty and Sophie Collington Baker McVeigh Best Turned Out Award winners © Debbie Burt

 

ABIYAH ATHBAH GAINS GROUP HONOURS IN THE HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK CUP AT ROYAL WINDSOR

 

Abiyah Athbah and Phil Dennis winning the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr2PA) at Royal Windsor over six furlongs © Debbie Burt

 

Consistent mare gains first black type win along with her trainer and jockey

Saturday 29 June 2024 –

Abiyah Athbah, the UK’s highest rated mare finally got deserved black type success in the £20,000 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, a Group 2PA contest held over six furlongs at Royal Windsor today. Partnered by Phil Dennis she was in command from the outset and was never headed. Upstart Crow and Darragh Keenan tried to challenge, but lacked the mare’s turn of foot and had to settle for third place as stablemate, Fareedhat El Izz and Adam Farragher stayed on for second. Farragher was sporting a black armband in memory of the late Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Nujaifi, father of owner breeder Dr Mohammed Al Nujaifi who passed way earlier this week.

This was the first running of the race under the sponsorship of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, who support ten races in the UK this season and 150 globally, culminating in the Group 1PA HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown in Abu Dhabi in December. A crowd of over 5,500 had gathered to watch the race at Royal Windsor on one of their summer Saturday highlight’s Ladies Day.

Quotes:

Phil Dennis, jockey, 1st, “It’s my first Group winner ever, whether it’s Arabian or thoroughbred I’ll certainly take it. I rode her over a mile last time at Doncaster and she actually rallied towards the line so dropping back to six I was fairly keen to make plenty of use of her. She probably visually looks keener than she is, she’s enthusiastic, but never over cooking it, it went right for her today.”

Pete Hammersley, trainer, 1st, “The cards all fell right for her today. We felt coming into the race that she was really in the form of her life. Sue [Wileman]kept saying that she’s never felt better and the stop watch on the gallops confirmed that, the ground has come right for her, she needs it quick. To be fair she’s always been taking on horses better than her, they come and go and then the next year there’s another one, and now she’s finally reaped the reward.”

Jenny Lees, Dilmun Racing, owner, 1st, “We were so excited, we can hardly talk. It’s wonderful, mainly for Peter, he’s put so much into this, I really wanted it to happen for him.”

James Owen, trainer 2nd, 3rd, “I thought Fareedhat El Izz ran really well, Abiyah Athbah’s a real sprinter and got her conditions, it was a fast run race which took both of mine out of their comfort zones. Fareedhat El Izz stayed on well at the end and will have leaned a lot. We’ll step her up into better things against her own age group I think. Upstart Crow was just flat out all the way, stayed on well, different conditions on a different day, but he’s more of a stayer.”

 

Lara Sawaya, Pete Hammersley, Phil Dennis, Abiyah Athbah, Sue Wileman and HE Mansoor Abulhoul Al Falasi, winners of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr2PA)

©Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

HE Mansoor Abulhoul Al Falasi, the UAE Ambassador to the UK, “It’s hugely meaningful for the UAE to be hosting these sort of events, given that our founding father HH Sheikh Zayed loved the Arabian horse. 

“To see that continue through HH Sheikha Fatima sponsoring this high-level Arabian race at Royal Windsor racecourse, which of course is continued by the support of and generosity of her son HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed, so for me it marks a huge celebration between Emirati and British culture coming together. I was also really impressed with number of people who were here today to watch the race.”

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival commented, “It’s been a beautiful day at Royal Windsor for Ladies Day, we have the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup won by Abiyah Athbah, a mare, and owned by Jenny Lees of Dilmun Racing, so it is very appropriate. We thank HE Mansoor Abulhoul Al Falasi, the UAE Ambassador to the UK for attending today and assisting with the trophy presentation.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “We thank HE Mansoor Abulhoul Al Falasi and Lara Sawaya for attending today for the Festival’s most prestigious UK Arabian race. We are delighted for the win of Abiyah Athbah who always gives her best on the track and we congratulate Jenny Lees, Peter Hammersley and Phil Dennis who are all winning their first Arabian Group race today and also Abiyah Athbah’s groom Sue Wileman who won the Racing Welfare Best Turned Out Award presented by Chloe Martin.”

 

Pete Hammersley, Jenny Lees, Phil Dennis, HE Mansoor Abulhoul Al Falasi, Lara Sawaya and Genny Haynes winners of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr2PA)

©Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

 

 

CLASH OF TOP RATED FOR THE HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK CUP AT ROYAL WINDSOR

 

Upstart Crow winning at Royal Windsor over six furlongs in April © Debbie Burt

 

UK’s leading domestic Arabians go head-to-head on Saturday 

Wednesday 26 June 2024 – 

The UK’s two highest rated domestically owned Arabians, Upstart Crow and Abiyah Athbah will go up against each other again in the Arabian Racing Organisation’s (ARO) first black type race of the season – the £20,000 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, a Group 2PA contest held over six furlongs at Royal Windsor on Saturday 29 June.

Abiyah Athbah had the edge when they met over a mile at Doncaster at the start of the month and she has been placed in this contest before, at its previous Newbury venue. The key to Dilmun Racing’s mare is fast ground, which has eluded her on numerous occasions and trainer Peter Hammerlsey will be praying the ground stays at the advertised Good to Firm. Upstart Crow, Linda Reeves leading UK Arabian of 2023, made a winning return in April at the course over the same six furlongs he will face on Saturday, and this race will have been his goal from the outset.

He will be joined by stablemate, Fareedhat El Izz, a recent recruit from France to James Owen’s yard, who made a winning debut for the stable at Newbury this month over a furlong further. She is owned by Al Nujaifi Racing who’s founding figurehead Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Nujaifi sadly passed away yesterday evening. They are joined by another course and distance winner, Storm Troupour, a winner of a Group 3PA in Sweden over this trip and Kayack, from Epsom based owner-breeder-trainer Jen Harris.

Quotes:

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival commented, “The Festival is excited to be returning to Royal Windsor for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, the most prestigious of our 10 sponsored races in the UK this year. We are delighted to be supporting ARO and UK Arabian racing, and look forward to celebrating the UK’s new sprint champion on Saturday.” 

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “We thank the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for their continued and generous support of our racing from the grassroots to championship level. We are also delighted that they are the new sponsors of this historically important race which has been won by some of the sport’s most celebrated horses and are thrilled to bring it to a new venue in Royal Windsor.

“The race will be shown live on Sky Sports Racing and YAS tv.”

 

ENTRIES FOR THE HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK CUP AT ROYAL WINDSOR ON SATURDAY ANNOUNCED

 

Fareedhat El Izz and Dan Muscutt win the Emirates Breeders Novice Stakes at Newbury  © Debbie Burt

 

Historic race gains new sponsor and new venue for 2024

Monday 24 June 2024 –

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) today announced the entries for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, a Group 2PA to be run over six furlongs at Royal Windsor on Saturday 29 June. With a prize fund £20,000, it will be the first running of the contest under the sponsorship of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, a long-term supporter of UK Arabian racing.

The race has a great history of confirming some of the world’s top sprinting Arabians when it was run as the Za’abeel International at Newbury, including the two three-time winners, Dahess and Al Mouhannad. However such is the versatility of the Arabian horse that many are able to win over much further too, with the champion Dahess scoring at the highest level over 1m2f and Aziz ASF following up his win with a victory in Qatar’s most prestigious race the HH The Amir Sword over 1m4f.

One entry with a strong connections to the race is recent Newbury winner Fahreedat El Izz, owned and bred by Al Nujaifi Racing. They won the race as the Za’abeel in 2012 with Hilal Al Zaman, a half-brother to her sire Izz Al Khail. Fareedhat El Izz is a recent addition to Newmarket multipurpose trainer James Owen’s string and could line up alongside stablemate Upstart Crow. He was the leading domestic horse in the UK last season winning four races in succession and returned to the winner’s circle at this trip on his seasonal reappearance.

Entries also include leading UK mare Abiyah Athbah, who was third in this race in 2022, having been fourth in 2021. Phil Collington is the most successful trainer in the race winning first with Radames at Newbury for HH Sheikh Hamdan, and then the last three running’s for Athbah Racing. He has two entries this year, the maidens Jameelaty and Mobaasher who have both been placed this season.

Quotes: 

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival commented, “The Festival is delighted to support the Arabian Racing Organisation by sponsoring 10 races in the UK this year, of which this is the most prestigious. However, it is just one of many races held under the Festival’s banner around the world, with the highlight of our season being the Group 1PA Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown in Abu Dhabi in December.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “We thank the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for their continued and generous support of our racing, especially of such an historically important race which we are thrilled to bring to Royal Windsor where we always receive a warm welcome.

“The Festival also supports the popular Wathba Stallions series, which plays a vital role in supporting our grassroots racing, though the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup is their UK their sponsorship highlight. We look forward to receiving declarations on Wednesday 26 June.”

EXCITING AL GHADEER HEADS ENTRIES FOR QATAR INTERNATIONAL STAKES AT THE QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL

 

Al Ghadeer and Christophe Soumillon win the 2023 Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) at the Qatar Goodwood Festival ©Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

Last year’s winner bids to retain crown on road to a second Doha Triple Crown

Friday 21 June 2024 –

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is thrilled to see 2023 Qatar International Stakes winner Al Ghadeer among the entries for the 2024 running of the £400,000 Group 1PA contest. Held over a mile on Wednesday 31 July on the second day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the race traditionally attracts some of the best Arabians in the world.

Trained by Francois Rohaut, Al Ghadeer became only the second horse to complete the feat of winning the Doha Triple Crown, adding the Qatar Arabian World Cup in ParisLongchamp over 2000m and the HH The Amir Sword in Doha over 2400m in his next two outings. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing, the colt is the best produce to date of their champion racehorse and leading young sire Al Mourtajez, winner of the race in 2016 in record time. Both horses have achieved a rating of 130 – the highest mark ever given to an Arabian racehorse since classifications began in 2011.

Al Ghadeer was bred by Al Nujaifi Racing who have entered impressive Newbury maiden winner, Fareedhat El Izz who has recently joined the stable of Newmarket trainer James Owen. Also a recent addition to that yard that could run at Goodwood is the American bred and owned Winds Of Fortune. An attractive son of Al Mamun Monlau, he showed great promise in the Emirates this winter for Cre Run Farm, winning twice and like Fareedhat El Izz looks the type to progress in class over summer. Owen’s third entry is Upstart Crow, leading UK Arabian of 2023 having won four races in succession, he has already opened his account this season.

In total there are six other PA Group or Listed winners entered, including Al Ghadeer’s stable mates Afjan Ex Mahboop, winner of the Group 1PA Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains at Saint-Cloud on Arc weekend and Abdullah bin Fahed Al-Attiyah’s Ska de L’Aigle winner of the Group 2PA Qatar International Derby.

Quotes:

HE Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Chairman commented, “We are proud of our sponsorship of the Qatar International Stakes as one of our most valuable races and part of our commitment to promote Arabian racing. We are very pleased to see this race, once again, attracting some of the world’s top Arabians including Al Ghadeer, Triple Crown winner last season. I’m sure fans of all forms of racing will be fascinated by the spectacle of the Arabian horses at Goodwood. QREC would like to thank ARO and Goodwood for the excellent coordination and cooperation.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted to see the world’s highest rated Arabian Al Ghadeer head the list of entries for our most valuable race of the season and the most valuable over a mile in Europe. Should he be declared to run on July 31, it will afford UK racegoers another opportunity to see an Arabian horse of this exceptional quality run in the UK.

“There is a further chance for horses to be supplemented by 12 noon on the 25 July, with declarations due on Sunday 28 July.”

AL-HATAB BACK ON FORM IN WATHBA STALLIONS CUP AT BATH

 

 

Al-Hatab and Lewis Saunders win the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-60) Handicap at Bath

©Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

Leads home a one-three-four for trainer Peter Hammersley

Saturday 15 June 2024 –

Midlands based Peter Hammersley had plenty to celebrate at Bath today with Al-Hatab coming back to form in the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-60) Handicap over 1m5f. The striking grey six-year-old had run up a hat-trick of wins at the end of last season and having been placed on his last run, connections were hopeful of a return to the winners enclosure. Partnered today by Lewis Saunders, now attached to National Hunt trainer Olly Murphy, he’d had plenty of placed rides on Arabians when an amateur and Al-Hatab was the 20 year-olds first win on the breed.

The pair were settled mid division for most of the race with Saunders asking for an effort as they entered the home straight to reel in recent course winner Victoria and Miss Teagan Padgett, to win by a length. Stablemates Coljani ridden by Paddy Bradley and Belle Angelique ridden by Jack Doughty were third and fourth.

Breeder Julie Kelway, who owns Al-Hatab in partnership with Hammersley was there with a large contingent of supporters to welcome them into the winners enclosure.

Watch Al-Hatab and Lewis Saunders win the Wathba Stallions Cup (0-60) Handicap at Bath

Quotes:

Lewis Saunders, jockey, 1st“It’s been a long time to get my first Arabian winner, two years – I kept getting beat on the line to be second, in my first season especially. It worked out well today, Al-Hatab won quite comfortably. I knew he’d keep going. I watched him at Lingfield, as I was on Aloof who finished second, so I knew he’d keep going and I thought Teagan would go off in front too soon. I’m now a conditional with Olly Murphy and it’s going well for me, last season I had four winners, I‘ve already had one winner for him this season so hopefully it will kick start some more.”

Peter Hammersley, 1st, 3rd, 4th: “They’ve all been working well at home. I thought Lewis rode Al-Hatab well, he said he just hit a bit of a flat spot, but he knew he’d get home ok. He’s run on well at the end, he’s hardly having a blow really. Paddy asked if we had races over further because Coljani would stay a lot further, he enjoyed the ride. Jack was pleased with Belle Angelique, I asked him about the blinkers and he said to keep them on.” 

Lissie Reeves, Arabian assistant trainer, 2ndVictoria was effectively running off top weight, despite Teagan’s claim and I think the trip was just a bit too far for her.”

Julie Kelway, Peter Hammersley, Al-Hatab, Liz Sian and Lewis Saunders

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Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival commented“We are delighted to be back at Bath on their Ladies Day for another of our Wathba Stallions Cup series races in the UK. We congratulate Lewis Saunders, Peter Hammersley and Julie Kelway for winning today with Al-Hatab.”

“The Festival sponsors 10 races in the UK this year, with the global Festival highlight being the Group 1PA Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown which is held in Abu Dhabi in December. We look forward to returning to Royal Windsor on June 29th for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup.”

Lewis Saunders, Julie Kelway and Peter Hammersley with the trophies for the Watba Stallions Cup (0-60) Handicap at Bath

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Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer: “We are delighted for Julie and Peter, winning again with Al-Hatab and also for Lewis, getting his first Arabian winner at last. It’s great that these young jockeys who start out on Arabians are still keen to come back once they’ve progressed to thoroughbreds.

“We thank Baker McVeigh International for sponsoring the Best Turned Out Award presented to Sue Wileman for Coljani. We now look forward to Royal Windsor in two weeks time, where we hold the first of our black races, the Group 2PA HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, which has a long history of producing important winners when it was run as the Za’abeel International Stakes.”

 

Coljani and Sue Wileman winners of the Best Turned Out Award sponsored by Baker McVeigh International

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