The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomes Zayin Arabian Stud, as lead sponsor of the zayinarabianstud.co.uk (0-65) handicap, to be run at Wolverhampton on Saturday October 17th. The one-mile contest, supported by Emirates Breeders, attracted 17 entries, with a full field of 13 left after declarations this morning.
They include Popsstar and Zayin Zachilles, both former winners of the seven furlong (0-75) Handicap at Dubai International Arabian Races, the most coveted handicap for the smaller owner-breeders in UK Arabian racing. Both horses are capable of either winning or making the frame on their seasonal reappearances, whilst Zayin Zachilles is also a course winner. Zayin Zachilles is joined by his younger half-brother Zayin Zyperion, who is only just starting his career though they may have most to fear from another young contender in Al-Tabari. He is also trained like the Zayin pair by Peter Hammersley, whose wife Michelle also owns him. He has a further two runners, Bin Al Reeh in first-time blinkers and the well-bred Jomanah Athbah who makes her seasonal reappearance.
Also with a strong hand is leading ARO trainer James Owen, with Arwen Forta representing his James Owen Racing Club, accompanied by Forta Stud’s Serafim Forta and Jane Marson’s Heritage Vadel both making their handicap debuts in the race. Jayme Plumb trains two French imports, both looking to improve on their initial UK outings, in Dartianne and Gerko De Tenelle.
Sue Connally’s Samawaat was a distance winner for previous connections, but renews the winning partnership with former ARO leading novice jockey Charlie Price, who has progressed from the amateur ranks to further success under rules as a conditional jockey. Heading the handicap is Mustafeed, for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Zayin Arabian Stud’s proprietor Paul Simmons commented: “I’m delighted to support UK Arabian racing and ARO by sponsoring this race. It is particularly important to me to support the grass roots of the sport, and I was delighted to see such a strong field of entries. I look forward to watching this competitive race and welcoming in a worthy winner.”
Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is thrilled to renew their association with Zayin Arabian Stud who have been supporting UK Arabian racing with their homebred runners for many years.
“It is vital during these challenging times that our sport continues to maintain its’ presence as part of the UK racing scene at all levels and we are very grateful to all our sponsors in 2020.
“In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton racecourse for their continued assistance in 2020.”