The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to announce that following the close of declarations for the opening meeting of the ARO season at Wolverhampton on May 7, the numbers for Purebred Arabians were more than double those of the previous year. At 68, they also exceed the numbers declared for all the domestic full fixtures run in the UK last season, excluding the ARO Season Finale (73).

What is also significant is the number of three and four year olds declared, which stands at 14, showing that the efforts to increase the domestic Arabian racehorse population via the breeders’ scheme and other incentives is working.

Gemma Cobb, ARO Racing Operations Executive confirmed the numbers saying:”This has far exceeded our expectations for our opening meeting. The average number of runners for all our domestic full fixtures outside of Dubai International Arabian Races last year was 48.”

She continued:”Clearly the high number of runners declared at our final meeting of 2016 was a sign of what was to come. With still more horses to be registered, it demonstrates the good health of Arabian racing in the UK and we eagerly anticipate the start of the season on Sunday.”