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The Arabian Racehorse magazine was delighted to witness a possible future star in TOOFAN [above ] the winner of thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes run at Wolverhampton on Tuesday 29 September. The one-mile contest produced a thrilling finish between the James Owen trained pair of Toofan and Wanaasa, both homebreds for HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who pulled clear of Toufan Du Croate in third.

Owen commented: “We’ve taken our time with Toofan, as he’s been in training with me for a year now, but he’s a big horse.  In his last piece of work, it looked like it was all coming together - he’s starting to improve quickly, though I thought greenness would catch him out today. Obviously Wanaasa was my first choice, but she ran well in defeat, she’s learnt a lot today and there will be bigger and better things for her, maybe over a bit shorter.

“Toofan’s a nice horse” continued Owen. “I hope he keeps going forward in this manner, we certainly won’t rush him. It’s also great for Alex to win on him, as he does a lot of work with the young horses at home, he’s an integral part of the team at Green Ridge.”

This was a first win of the season for Chadwick, the 2019 ARO champion amateur jockey, who said:“I came into the race quietly confident, as I ride Toofan every day. The last couple of weeks, the penny’s dropped with him. That was a very professional performance for a debutant, when we got to the front, I thought he might wander around a bit, but he kept on strongly and I had plenty left at the line. 

“He does everything right at home, but you can never be sure they’ll do that when you get to the track. It’s also great to get a win on the board with a horse that I know so well and I’d like to thank James and His Highness for the opportunity to ride him.”

Arabian Racehorse magazine editor Debbie Burt, who also acts as media executive and official photographer for the Arabian Racing Organisation commented: “It’s great to be able to support Arabian racing this season when all of racing has been so badly affected by the Covid situation. Even though it may only be a small prize fund, I know it means a lot to everyone taking part. It’s also great to see so many runners with a wide variety of owners from different countries and so many young unexposed horses, which are so import for our sport’s future.

“I am lucky to be able visit a number of our trainers pre-season for the magazine preview, to see as many of these young horses as I can and Toofan was certainly a stand out individual. I’m so glad he has rewarded the team’s patience with a win, first time out.”
The Arabian Racing Organisation welcomes new sponsor, Baker McVeigh International, who will be supporting their next race, a 0-105 handicap, to be run at Wolverhampton on Monday October 5th. The one mile four furlong contest has attracted some of the best Arabians in training in the UK with nine runners declared for this top quality handicap contest.

The first five in the list are all quite closely matched on form and have all won at Dunstall Park in the past. Strong stayer Al Kaaser is at the top of the handicap and he renews his partnership with recent winning amateur Alex Chadwick. Chadwick was in the plate when Al Kaaser was just headed by Halib Des Forges at Wolverhampton over two furlongs last August and the HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum owned pair meet again on similar terms. 

Dilmun Racing’s Abiyah Athbah has the strongest recent form. She was an eye-catching fifth to the world’s best Arabian racehorse Ebraz, on her reappearance in the Qatar International Stakes, a Group 1PA contest over a mile at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. She had Tijaary behind her that day and though the James Owen Racing Club runner is better off with her now, Abiyah Athbah won over this distance at Lingfield last year. Third that day was Anfaas, another homebred for ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan, she was staying on well on that occasion and has won first-time-out for three consecutive seasons.

Baker McVeigh International is a group of equine veterinarians with branches currently in the UK South Africa and France, with over 30 vets and 14 partners worldwide. They commented: "Baker McVeigh are delighted to be sponsoring an ARO race at Wolverhampton on Monday. Arabian Racing is growing significantly worldwide and Baker McVeigh are proud to be a part of it.”
The inevitable repercussions due to Covid continue to impact on the international racing scene with only eight runners lining up for the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1PA) at ParisLongchamp today. In addition, the hoped for crowds have been reduced to a mere 1,0000 from 5,000.

The 2000m contest is due off at 15.25 pm (local time), the race prior to Enable's history making bid for a third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. However Arabian racing has it's own history maker in Ebraz, who is bidding for a second World Cup, and is on the road to a second Doha Triple Crown, having won the first stage, the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA).

Find out more about the race in the latest edition of the Arabian racing podcast by using the video link below. Scroll down to watch the 2019 race won by Ebraz.
Watch the Arabian racing podcast, reviewing thearabianracehorse.com maiden stakes at Wolverhampton and previewing the Baker McVeigh International (0-105) Handicap at Wolverhampton plus an overview of the weekend's racing in Paris.
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EBRAZ (GB) (2013 g h Amer x Massamarie) wins the Qatar Arabian World Cup at ParisLongchamp in 2019