Thunderous start to UK Campaign for Royal Cavalry of Oman The Royal Cavalry of Oman sponsors Arabian racing at Chepstow Racecourse Sunday 28th May 2018

The Royal Cavalry of Oman sponsored a full Arabian card at Chepstow Racecourse on Sunday 27th May run under the UK’s Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) banner. Thunder and heavy rain wasn’t quite the welcome ARO had hoped for at Chepstow racecourse, with just an hour before the first race things didn’t look at all promising, but as the horses arrived in the paddock, an enthusiastic crowd welcomed runners and brighter weather as racing commenced with ground changing from good to soft.

The first race The Sultanate of Oman Maiden Stakes looked to offer plenty of promise, James Owens Muhaajer taking up the early pace under Simon Walker with Estfahan for trainer Jennifer Owen and Ciaran Jones on board running green at the back of the field. Setting a steady pace for the first of the eight furlongs a leading break of four set off, Taqdeeraat under Will Pettis for Philip Collington, Al Monther and Charlie Jordan Price, Muhaajer and Rehab the first runner for the 2018 season for sponsors The Royal Cavalry of Oman pulling away at the half way stage with Taqdeeraat and Rehab laying down a stern challenge as they hit the final half furlong, Rehab hit the line first delivering the 50th winner for the Royal Cavalry of Oman and it looked like an easy win for the filly that has come from a busy winter campaign in Oman, the experience certainly seemed to have served jockey David Turner well today. Second place went to Taqdeerat who stayed on in the final stages and third to Al Monther making it two in the winner’s enclosure for the in-form Collington team

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Race 2 – Visit Oman Handicap Stakes 0-55 Saw Callymay for Delyth Thomas and jockey Charlie Jordan Price meet up again with trainer Adam Newey’s Synergy ridden by James Harding with two time winner this season Johara Bint Shuwaiman bidding for a treble under Ellie Makenzie all was to play for as the steady pace started to ramp up, closely grouped Conquer for James Owen and jockey Simon Walker and Kallista under David Turner for trainer Paul Simmons were pressing the leaders with Synergy traveling the best of the pack as the field took the final two furlongs. With Trip to Khairo trying hard to make up ground and Conquer dropping back Synergy made her move taking Johara Bint Shuwaiman with her, a close finish saw Synergy just give enough to hold off Ellie Mazkenze who battled hard to get the horse to the line beaten a head.

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Race 3 – The Royal Cavalry of Oman Handicap Stakes 0-90 had James Owens Eqleem leading out under Simon Walker with Philip Collington’s horse Halib Des Forges quickly into his stride setting a good early pace, a very close second in his seasonal debut at Taunton he certainly seemed to be enjoying the softer ground at Chepstow. With three furlongs to go Hau Kola, Taunton dual heat winner trained by Christopher Bull, under jockey Morgan Winston was making valiant efforts to close the gap but Ria Tillet and Halib Des Forges certainly wasn’t going to be caught today and leaving the field well stretched out in the final stages made all for a convincing win and a first victory for delighted jockey Ria.

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The 4th race – aroracing.co.uk Hands & Heels Handicap Stakes 0-45 the first of the 2018 series, saw a field of 9 come under orders with several vying for early position. Taer Al Hurr under Charlie Jordan Price for trainer Yucel Mehmet looked keen to get on with matters and battled out the early stages with Insignia and Simon Walker and Mulan under Kaitlen Robinson who was also looking to assert some authority. With Adam Newey’s Southpaw under James Harding running their own race on the far side the field started to drop away leaving Senor Dublecheck who was traveling well to make his move forwards up the centre of the track in the final furlong and steal the show – a second win on the bounce for trainer Claire Taylor and jockey Rob Woolard, Taer Al Hurr was second and Mulan third.

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The 5th race the Muscat Handicap Stakes 0-85 saw Peter Hammersley’s Unity Belle and jockey Laura Pearson set out alone on the far side to take the lead leaving Mike Palmer on James Owen’s Karlos Du Cayrou to front the field stands side. With two to go and horses stretched across the track top weight Anfaas made her bid under Will Pettis with Palmer Angel chasing hard under Charlie Jordan Price leaving Joanna Mason in last on Madany, Anfaas hit the line first to win on her seasonal debut over Parmer Angel who just snatched 2nd on the line from Unity Belle closely followed by Karlos De Cayrou and Madany.

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Race 6 – Nizwa Fort Handicap Stakes – 0-65 saw another frustrating start for Ellie Mackenzie on Majid Bin Krayaan who repeated his previous performance of whipping round at the start leaving him with far too much to do from the outset, David Turner and Ultimate Force took the early lead with Will Pettis and Elyassaat close behind, with The Sohar and Joanna Mason bowling along a few lengths behind leaving Pacific Syrah under Antonia peck and the unfortunate Majid Bin Krayaan strung out behind. As The Sohar moved on with three furlongs to travel it looked unlikely that any one was going to come on terms and Joanna Mason took an easy win with Ultimate Force and Elyassaat battling it out for second and third respectively, Pacific Syrah was fourth.

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Race 7 – UK Arabian Derby Winner Nafees Handicap Stakes 0-75 The field was led out by Ashjaan under Will Pettis who looked like he meant business – with the field holding together in the early stages Rafeef with a win from Chelmsford already under his belt and jockey Simon Walker back on board, started to make his play leaving Zayin Zachilles ridden today by Ellie Mackenzie just ahead of Steve Blackwell’s Aljawaaher under Liam Hamblett and Noble Athlete ridden by Charlie Jordan Price to work out the lesser placings an exciting finish served up as Pettis timed it perfectly delivering Ashjaan to the line to win giving a well deserved treble on the day for trainer Phil Collington.

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Sponsors the Royal Cavalry of Oman certainly came and conquered, despite not having been at either the Chelmsford City or Taunton racecourse meetings the Royal Cavalry of Oman who finished second in the ARO Championship in 2017, asserted some authority with two wins from two runners to put down a challenge for 2018.

With a group three race sponsored and to contend the day after Chepstow at Royal Windsor racecourse it is easy to see how this popular team have so many fans in UK Arabian racing, their generous sponsorship spans a range of races run throughout the Arabian season here from grass roots to a high end finale where they sponsor The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes, a Group 3 run over 5 furlongs at Newbury Racecourse on 18th August.