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Weekend Results & DIAR UK
UK Arabian racing season gathers pace following the racing at Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton last weekend with great results for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his trainers James Owen and Phil Collington.
The Wolverhampton fixture also saw 2017 ARO Champion Jockey David Turner, ride a treble, which included his 100th ARO winner.
This week the DIAR 2019 prep race series also gets underway in the UK with races at Newbury and Chepstow.
First winner for Buncle in Wathba Stallions Cup

It was a memorable first race ride on an Arabian for 18 year old Isaac Buncle, when he partnered HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's Mawarid to victory in the Wathba Stallions (0-60) Handicap Stakes run over a mile at Chelmsford City racecourse on Saturday June 8th.

Mawarid (No Risk Al Maury), trained by James Owen at racing's headquarters in Newmarket is only a four-year-old and had two runs last year. The colt is clearly still very green as he hung across the track in the closing stages, however it was enough to keep the pair ahead of their eight rivals, including a strong challenge from Kayclaire from the in-form Delyth Thomas team in second, with a last years' winning combination of James Harding and Adam Newey filling the third spot with Zayin Zamurai. The race was 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.

Buncle, who joined trainer  James Owen  in February said: "It's great, to only have been working there for four months and to get an opportunity like this, it's amazing. I'd like to thank Shadwell, James and the team and the Sheikh Mansoor Festival for making this possible. Riding Arabians are a little bit different to thoroughbreds, I think it makes you a better rider."

James Owen commented: "I've got a great team at home, I want to support them as much as I can. I told Isaac three weeks ago he could ride this horse, and he's ridden him everyday, he's been at the gym, he works so hard. They've got to be fit to ride and we pay for them to go to the gym, so if they don't go, they won't get the rides - it can be the difference between winning or losing a race. 

"It's fantastic that the Sheikh Mansoor Festival gives young jockeys like Isaac the opportunity to ride in these events so that they can gain more experience of racing."

Racing Welfare sponsored the Best Turned Out Award at this race with a cash prize £20 and a Racing Welfare gilet presented to Fiona Wakefield, groom of Kallista.
All the jockeys line up before the Wathba Stallions Cup
Watch MAWARID (GB) win the 2019 Wathba Stallions (0-60) Handicap over 1m at Chelmsford City
Ton-up and a Treble for Turner at Wolverhampton

It was a landmark day for former ARO Champion jockey David Turner, as he joined the elite 100 winners club, when riding Stonehenge to victory as the second leg of a treble he recorded at the Dunstall Park track on Sunday.

Getting the ball rolling with Crahck for new connections of Emma Mooney and Bev Deutrom in the Qassam (0-65) Handicap, he also survived the appalling freak hailstorm to conclude his treble with Abiyah Athbah in The Arabian Racehorse Magazine Maiden Stakes. Turner thanked all the connections over the years who had made those winners possible and received a silver photoframe from ARO Director Genny Haynes to mark the occasion.

Deutrom was slightly surprised by Crahck's win saying: " We’ve not had Crahck that long, so he’s not been in work as long as I would like him to have been before his first run this season, but he stayed on at the end, and came back again to win. He’s a nice easy, genuine horse to deal with and he will probably go to Bath next weekend.”

The card featured three races supported by the HARC as open handicaps, though only My Boy Sam was qualified for a HARC bonus which he gained when finishing fifth in the Darling Doraa (0-55) Handicap over 2 miles, the race won by Stonehenge.

The remaining four races were sweepstakes races with mementoes to the winner sponsored by: The Arabian Racehorse magazine maiden won by the Peter Hammersley trained Abiyah Athbah; The Arabian Racehorse newsletter (0-95 hcp) won by the James Owen trained Farhaa, their parent company, and ARO official photographer, Equine Creative Media maiden won by Tijaary also trained by Owen, and the Deborah Burt Sculptor Fillies' and Mares' stakes won by the Phil Collington trained Anfaas.

Owen also completed a treble with wins for Tijaary, Jadaayil and Farhaa. Of Jadaayil's win he said: "That was great for Antonia [Peck], she’s a really hard worker. That Chepstow form’s quite strong, it seems to be working out, with Rafeef running well here too. I fancied Jadaayil today, she liked the surface, the dam Zormania did too. She stayed well and looks a nice filly."

He continued saying: "As for Farhaa – she’s an absolute professional. We took her to Belguim and there was no pace so when she hit the front and started to drift, I thought she was just staring about, which she was, but she was perfect today. Obviously Halib Des Forges is a 1m4f horse so we were entitled to quicken past him up the straight, but she and Rafeef did it nicely, they’ve all run to their marks really.

"We’ll speak to Richard Lancaster and hopefully go to one of the DIAR prep races at Newbury with Farhaa. She hasn’t run on grass, but she’s a good moving filly and has done plenty of work on grass at home. I’m sure she will stay 1m2f, she’s a nice big rangy filly, thriving all the time and she’s got a very, very good mind. I think she might be the best horse we have.”

Anfaas was the first winer of the UK season for Collington, but also marked a first win for Stephen Harrison who has come back out of retirement after two years away. He is another member of the ARO 100 winners club, a feat he achieved back in 2015 at Hereford on Amyzing Zayin.

The Arabian Racehorse also sponsored the Best Turned Out Award in those four races which were awarded respectively to the grooms of Kayack, Abiyah Athbah, Anfaas and Farhaa with the winers receiving a photo of their choice from each race.

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 .
DIAR starts in the UK!

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 hit the UK with the Za'abeel prep at Newbury on Thursday 13 June and the Stayers Handicap prep at Chepstow on Friday 14 June .

The Newbury race over 6f has a small but select field headed by the Group 1PA winner Mith'haf Athbah who is making his European seasonal debut having run in Saudi Arabia over the winter.

At Chepstow the following day the pick of the seven runners racing over 1m4f is the progressive Saleemah, who won the Rotana Hotels and Resorts Premier Handicap at DIAR last year and will no doubt be hoping to win again this year. She is a proven stayer and will relish the forecast soft ground.
James Owen Racing Update

Sunday was an exciting day for all the members of the James Owen Racing Club at Wolverhampton , with Tijaary getting them off the mark for 2019 when winning the Equine Creative Media Maiden Stakes over 7f under Alex Chadwick.

Owen commented afterwards: "Tijaary's win was fantastic, a lovely result for the club and there are quite a few members here today too. It’s good to have a nice horse for them. I know he’s been knocking on the door for a while, but he’s quite nicely handicapped if he can progress from here. The second looks a nice horse, I think we just beaten him on experience. 

"Alex Chadwick rides well, he’s been with me eight months now and has been pointing for me over the winter. He was a conditional, but has come back to being an amateur. He’s really got going this last couple of months and he’s learning to ride these Arabians well now, he rides them at home and gave Naishaan a fantastic ride this afternoon as well, she’s not an easy filly."

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. There 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

ABIYAH ATHBAH (2014 Jaafer x Burning Fancy)
Winner of The Arabian Racehorse Magazine Maiden Stakes over 1m1.5f