Wolverhampton fields look buoyant for the 10th June with more than 12 entries made in each race for the fourth full Arabian fixture, kindly sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman we are delighted to see the arrival of fresh blood to add to the names of horses that have previously campaigned this season.
The first race on the card is the eagerly awaited maiden stakes for 3 year olds only, many of those entered look sure to go onto bigger and better things. Some will have aspirations of lifting the prestigious Group 3 event Dubai International Arabian Races Stakes on DIAR day at Newbury on 29th July, run over the same distance, with an equally interesting Open maiden stakes over 8 furlongs.
The card will also host the second of the hands and heels series, Chepstow hosted the first and it produced a tremendous finish with Rob Woollard proving there is no substitute for experience when he produced a perfectly timed run to gain the upper hand late on. Entries for this 6 furlong event include Fatinah a possible debutant for Yucel Mehmet, and a potential first runner of the season for Anthony Holdsworth. Ultimate Force could also be looking to go one better than when 2nd at both Chepstow and Chelmsford this season, with further potential from possible engagements from the previous winner of the DIAR Silver Final at Huntingdon Syrah Gris one of 2 entered for Marlborough trainer Adam Newey.
Both Muhaajer and Tatbeeq (James Owen), hold entries along with Munawwar (Philip Collington) all heading the weights in this 0-75, although the focus of attention will no doubt be the impressive Chepstow winner The Sohar for the Royal Cavalry of Oman, raised 11lbs for his Chepstow win. Unlikely to have things all his own way this time further opposition from flashy grey Man Of Dreams who is looking to back up yet another seasonal debut win following success at Taunton last time out. Pharitz Fahr finished an excellent 2nd on the same Taunton card, this could be his handicap debut for globe-trotting Beverley Deutrom.
The open handicap looks right out of the top drawer and we think it’s unlikely there will be a classier handicap run all season it has attracted 15 entries with Group 1 winning Mith’haf Athbah receiving 4lbs from his stable companion and dual Group 1 placed Mehdaaf Athbah who was a late withdrawal from the Royal Cavalry of Oman ARO Cup on Bank Holiday Monday, last seen out in May 2017 with an excellent 2nd in a Group 1 at Deauville. Another proven Group 1 performer Mith’haf Athbah also representing the inform Philip Collington stable had an excellent 2017 season with 3 wins from just 4 runs in the UK culminating in a tremendous victory in the HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Group 1 at Chelmsford City. Al Chammy finished a good third on Bank Holiday Monday at Royal Windsor carrying the colours of the race sponsor, such is the quality of the race he finds himself racing from 1lb out of the handicap. His trainer Said Al Badi is also represented with Laheeb last seen when competing in the Arabian Triple Crown Gr3 at Abu Dhabi in March, there is certainly an international flavour from a form perspective.
There looks to be some serious excitement coming to this card with plenty of entries from form horses looking to stamp some authority on the seasons closely fought championships.
Declarations for this fixture open on Wednesday 6th June and will be published on the ARO website after closing on Thursday 7th June.
Racing Operations Manager Willie McFarland commented: “I can’t wait to see what will happen when the declarations come through – we are all really excited about the potential of this meeting, and as ever we are immensely grateful to The Royal Cavalry of Oman for their invaluable sponsorship and commitment to UK Arabian racing – they have had a great start to their season, all three of their runners so far have been in the winners enclosure, and it is clear to see why they are so popular amongst our participants, it’s great for the sport and they are wonderful ambassadors for Arabian racing – we wish them and all our UK supporters every success for this exciting meeting and for the rest of the season and hope our great relationship will continue for many years to come.”