The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is delighted to return to its home track of Newbury racecourse tomorrow afternoon for what looks like a highly competitive renewal. Thearabianracehorse.com International Conditions Stakes has attracted the two highest rated Arabians in the country, along with a further three of the UK’s top ten horses. The race will be run for a prize fund of £3000, with the winning owner receiving an original bronze trophy to the value of £650, plus mementoes to the trainer and jockey, and to the groom of the horse judged to be the Best Turned Out.
The mile and a quarter race previously formed part of the DIAR prep series and the corresponding event was won by Al Kaaser in 2019. Rated 108, he meets Farhaa, who was second on that occasion, on more favourable terms. Whilst both will be fit from recent outings, the UK’s top filly, Loolwa, is making her seasonal reappearance. She was the best of the home team in the UK Arabian Derby on her debut last term and is expected to enjoy a return to Turf. This will be her fourth start so she has plenty of scope to improve. Also making his fourth appearance will be Toofan, winner of thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes over a mile last year at Wolverhampton. He will come on for his seasonal return at Doncaster when he finished behind Farhaa, whilst the winner Jadaayil, also reopposes and appears to be on an upward curve.
With maidens getting a weight allowance, it is no surprise to see three horses making their debuts. Labwah is a half-sister to a dual winner at a mile, whilst stablemate Akala Sunbird, is one of few runners for his sire Tidarbret, who was twice placed over course and distance. However the most interesting of these on paper is Steve Blackwell’s Aloof. Bred from a gifted covering her dam Spirited Game gained by winning the leading UK Owned Mares’ Championship, Aloof will be the first UK runner for her sire, the Kahayla Classic winner, Seraphin Du Paon.
The Arabian Racehorse’s editor, Debbie Burt commented: “I am delighted to be sponsoring this race as it falls in an important time in the calendar, it is the first opportunity for our higher rated horses to run over the classic distance of a mile and a quarter. With valuable races in Europe around that trip over the summer, including at Goodwood at the end of July, it is an ideal race for connections to use as a springboard to those bigger contests.
“As a sponsor it is also exciting to see so many leading riders booked, with both Shadwell’s retained jockeys, Jim Crowley and Dane O’Neill partnering the top-rated horses. The list also includes Royal Ascot’s leading jockey Oisin Murphy and Group 1 winner Hollie Doyle, whose parents enjoyed plenty of success in Arabian racing in years past.”
Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is extremely grateful for Debbie’s continued support, as she has been sponsoring races under various titles with ARO since 2012, whilst the magazine she produces has been supporting UK Arabian racing since 2015.”
“We also thank Newbury racecourse for their support of our racing this season and we look forward to returning there tomorrow.”