The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted that there would be a full field of twelve for the final race of the 2021 season in the Emirates Breeders (0-60) Handicap at Wolverhampton on Monday 20th September. The mile and half contest includes Evermore Racing’s Kayack, who was runner-up over course and distance in a higher grade last term. Beaten a short head in a similar contest by Zayin Zyperion this year, the seven-year-old homebred looks to have ideal conditions to succeed.
Shadwell Estates fields two contenders, the three-year-old Alanwaar, from the in-form Phil Collington stable, who should be better suited by this stamina test, and Alghadeer from the yard of James Owen. Alghadeer is very well related but has yet to fulfil the promise of his pedigree, however a further drop in grade on his second attempt in handicap company could bring about the necessary improvement. Finishing behind Alghadeer when they last met is the highest rated runner Falcon Du Roc’h who gave his new connections, Stride Ahead Racing their first win of the season in June.
He was bred by leading GB Endurance rider, Nicola Thorne, who has another homebred, Akala Sunbird in the line-up. Like Falcon Du Roc’h he is a son of her Listed PA winner Tidarbret and should improve following his debut outing in much better company over shorter. At the other end of the weights are the Connally’s Samawaat, who was course placed on her last run and Jayme Plumb’s Gerko De Tenelle, who is racing off a career low mark.
Welsh based handler, Steve Blackwell has two runners, the veteran Aljawaaher, who has twice been placed this term over shorter and his young hombred filly Aloof. She looks certain to enjoy trying this trip for the first time, though has shaped like she will be one for next season.
Local trainer Pete Hammersley sends three for the race, including his homebred Stonehenge, who was a course winner over two miles, before a minor setback kept him off the track in 2020. After two outings this year, he should be back to full fitness. He is joined by Bin Al Reeh, who won over a mile at Bath at the beginning of the season and Belle Angelique who should fare better for her debut outing last month, though is another who will be seen to better effect next year.
Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO would like to thank the Emirates Breeders for their generous sponsorship of this, our last race of the season. It is part of a series that has supported UK Arabian racing through maidens, conditions races and a variety of handicaps, catering for all levels.”
She added: “We would also like to thank the BHA and all the team at Wolverhampton racecourse for their assistance this year.”