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Chelmsford City & Wolverhampton
UK Arabian racing supporters have a busy weekend ahead with the Wathba Stallions Cup series returning to Chelmsford City on Saturday and the first Arabian Racing Organisation full fixture taking place at Wolverhampton on Sunday, supported by the Heritage Arabian Racing Club and The Arabian Racehorse magazine.
Delyth double-handed at Chelmsford City on Saturday

The strong form of Welsh handler Delyth Thomas (pictured right) could continue in the Wathba Stallions (0-60) Handicap Stakes run over a mile at Chelmsford City racecourse at 1.20pm on Saturday June 8th . She sends Callymay and Kayclaire, both course winners at the Essex track to compete in the nine runner contest, held as part of the global Wathba Stallions Cup series that supports the grassroots of Arabian racing as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.

They will be racing for a prize fund £4,500, the most valuable race run to date this season which naturally has produced a competitive field. Syrah Gris and Zayin Zamurai are trained by Adam Newey, handler of Vindetta, winner of the 2018 Wathba Stallions Handicap at the track in the same colours as Syrah Gris, the Almost All Partnership. Koline also makes her reappearance, she was a shock winner of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies race at Sandown for her owner-trainer Stephen Gregory, who will be in the saddle on Saturday.

Paul Simmons has three interests in the race, being the owner-trainer of dual course winner Kallista, owner-breeder of Zayin Zephyrella, trained by Pete Hammersley and the breeder of Zayin Zamurai, now owned by the enthusiastic sisters Nicola Buchan and Sarah Innes who despite living in Scotland, still maintain a strong interest in this southernly based sport. Last year Whitley Meadows Arabians fielded two homebred runners who finished just outside the top three, however this year Popsstar who was fourth, bids to improve on that position.

Heading the line-up is the James Owen trained Mawarid, the youngest and least experienced horse in the field who runs in the colours of ARO's patron and the UK's biggest supporter of the sport, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Mawarid, like Callymay and Kayclaire, is also engaged to run at Wolverhampton the following day. Owen is a two-time ARO Champion trainer, though is currently lying second place in the trainer's championship to Thomas, who is certainly making her presence felt with her small string of runners. She will no doubt be hoping for a repeat of the Royal Cavalry of Oman Bronze Final of 2016, where Callymay and Kayclaire were first and second.

That the field comprises of entirely British bred horses, three of which are retained to race in the colours of their original breeders is a great credit to UK Arabian racing and the aims of the Wathba Stallions Cup series.

Continuing their support for the stable staff, Racing Welfare will be sponsoring the Best Turned Out Award at this race with a cash prize £20 and a Racing Welfare gilet to the winning groom.
CALLYMAY (and Simon Walker left) beat KAYCLAIRE (and Charlie Price right) at Chelmsford City in 2016
Watch VINDETTA (GB) win the 2018 Wathba Stallions (41-65) Handicap over 1m at Chelmsford City
Wonderful Wolverhampton

Always popular with the trainers, the first full fixture of the ARO 2019 season will take place at Wolverhampton on Sunday June 9 with the first of seven races off at 2.10pm . The card features three races supported by the HARC, all of which are HARC Bonus qualifying races, and are run from a mile to two miles in a range of handicap bands.

The remaining four races are sweepstakes races with mementoes to the winner sponsored by The Arabian Racehorse magazine, The Arabian Racehorse newsletter, their parent company, and ARO official photographer, Equine Creative Media, and Deborah Burt Sculptor. A previous winner of the The Arabian Racehorse Maiden at Wolverhampton was Mith'haf Athbah (pictured above in 2017), whose subsequent wins include the HH Sheikh Zayed Cup (Gr1PA) at Chelmsford City. The Arabian Racehorse will also be sponsoring the Best Turned Out Award in those four races.

With the 2019 ARO registrations affected by the Equine Flu outbreak and the ongoing restrictions placed on runners by the British Horseracing Authority, ARO are delighted that 42 of the 49 horses entered have declared to run at the West Midlands track on Sunday.

The Spring edition of
The Arabian Raceh o rse

The Spring edition focuses on the new UK Arabian racing season with an exclusive interview with long-term Arabian racing supporter Genny Haynes who has returned to the ARO board as Commercial and Finance Director.

There is also an ARO sponsor focus on the Royal Cavalry of Oman including pictures from their Annual racemeeting, featuring His Majesty's Cup won by Maisoor.

Part 2 of the Stud Focus looks at the rise of No Risk Al Maury following the back to back Group 1 PA successes of his daughter Al Shamoos at Longchamp and Abu Dhabi and the legacy of recently deceased ARO champion sire Madjani .

This year's DIAR race prep series got underway in Italy at the end of April and the action leading up to UK Arabian racing's seasonal highlight is about to pick up speed with nine races in three countries all taking place in June. However early closing for the four Group PA races run at DIAR Newbury on July 28 is on Tuesday June 18 . Use the entry form below, or contact the ARO office for further details and important changes to the equine health requirements in 2019.
James Owen Racing Update

Sunday at Wolverhampton will be an exciting day for all the members of the James Owen Racing Club, with all three of the club's horses declared to run.

The club is the first of it's kind to offer multiple horse syndication in Arabian racing, allowing regular supporters and newcomers to get involved for a fraction of the cost of having a single horse in training. Good luck to TIJAARY, ARWEN FORTA and MY BOY SAM!

With a few shares still remaining for 2019, if you are interested in joining the James Owen Racing Club, please click on the link below.

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magazine features photographs from 2017 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards (International) Best Photographer Award winner & Arabian Racing Organisation Official Photographer
Debbie Burt

TAYF (2015 Amer x Djemila)
Winner of Europe's first PA Group 1 of 2019, the President of the UAE CUP - Coupe D'Europe des Chevaux Arabes at ParisLongchamp on French Guineas day.