The first Pattern race of the UK Arabian racing season, the Royal Cavalry of Oman ARO Cup Group 3 PA run over a mile will deliver a quality field of 10 Arabians for the first race at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday.
Group 1 placed Mehdaaf Athbah represents the last trainer to win the ARO Cup, Phil Collington along with Shomoos Athbah. Beverley Deutrom also comes well-armed with three runners, Lou Raynal, Swedish Group 3 winner Storm Troupour and Kao Kat MHF who finished 2nd in the ARO Cup in 2016, and subsequently went on to win The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes Group 2 in the same year. Pete Hammersley brings Chelmsford City winner, Zayin Angkor Centurion who steps up to group company for the first time but is certainly maturing and Forta Studs Shammat Al Hosn who was a course winner at Windsor last season in handicap company over 1m 2f.
Champion trainer, James Owen is represented by Alazeez who was placed in a group 2 as a juvenile and is a winner over the trip in conditions races and Awzaan who by jockey booking – Dane O’Neil looks to be the yard preference. The race sponsors are represented by Al Chammy a lightly raced French bred 4 years old who was a winner at Toulouse in 2017 when trained by Thomas Fourcy with Pat Dobbs booked to ride for this race he shows promise. Strength in depth this looks a strong Group 3 for the first Pattern race of 2018.
Racehorse Trainer, for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Said Al Badi said; ”we are delighted to be back in the UK and especially at Royal Windsor, showcasing this Group 3 Race and are very excited about the season ahead”
Racing Operations Manager Willie McFarland commented: “ARO is very pleased to see such a great response to this race and very grateful to The Royal Cavalry of Oman for their valuable sponsorship and commitment, they have been involved with Arabian racing in the UK for many years, and we are extremely grateful for their support – we wish them every success throughout the season and hope the relationship will continue for many years to come.”