The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomed a full field for the Sohar Beach (0-75) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday 18th September. The seven furlong contest has attracted a very competitive field of twelve runners, for the last of the Royal Cavalry of Oman’s five sponsored races in the UK this season.
Heading the field is AJS Hajaj who recently finished fourth on his debut at Lingfield, for owner Mohammed bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah, trained by Phil Collington. Green Ridge Racing’s Al Mahbooba finished ahead of him that day and she is one of six runners for trainer James Owen, including the recently leased Balqees for Gary Allsopp, Jaahez and Serafim Forta for the James Owen Racing Club, Sahis for the Goodwin Partnership and Abqarry, a winner on his handicap debut last month for Shadwell Estates.
Also in the line-up is Pharitz Arabians Group3PA winner Storm Troupour, for Beverley Deutrom, who is the only horse in the field proven over the trip. Like Balqees, the Connally’s Labwah is another filly leased from Shadwell Arabians, though she is less exposed and makes her handicap debut. Paramer Angel for Delyth Thomas has been runner-up in a similar contest on Turf and though he missed last season, after two runs he could be back to his best.
Completing the field are two runners from the Pete Hammersley stable, Zayin Arabians hat-trick seeking Zayin Zyperion, and Al-Tabari, owned by Hammersley’s wife, Michelle, who was a dual winner at this, his local track last season.
Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We thank the Royal Cavalry of Oman for their loyal and generous support of UK Arabian racing for many years and we were delighted that they chose to renew their support of our racing this season.
“We also thank the British Horseracing Authority and all the team at Wolverhampton racecourse for their assistance with this race.”