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Autumn Issue 2021

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RACEHORSE

Abbes gains Derby win at Doncaster UK Season Review


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RACEHORSE Autumn Issue - 2021 4

News

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UK Season Review - Part Two

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Royal Cavalry of Oman International

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HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup

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Pedigree Focus - Bayan Athbah

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UAE President Cup - UK Arabian Derby

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Pedigree Focus - Abbes

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UK Championship Tables

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Arqana PA Sale Preview

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Arc Weekend Group 1PA Previews

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The Final Furlong

Front cover: Abbes (FR) and Olivier Peslier winners of the Group 1PA UAE President Cup UK Arabian Derby at Doncaster

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THE ARABIAN RACEHORSE PODCAST From the very start of the 2021 UK Arabian racing season The Arabian Racehorse podcast returned, where possible previewing every race after declarations and reviewing the results of the previous race. Initially hosted by The Arabian Racehorse editor Debbie Burt in company with ARO commentator Gary Capewell, for 2021 the numbers have been boosted by the addition of ARO Handicapper and Dubai Racing Channel presenter Stephen Molyneux. The video podcast is brought to you in association with Equine MediRecord is available on the EMR YouTube channel.

Each edition is posted on The Arabian Racehorse and Equine MediRecord Facebook, Twitter and Istagram feeds, with past episodes always available. The next episode will feature a review of the 2021 UK Arabian racing season, plus a review of all the Group 1PA races in Paris and the sale at Sainr-Cloud.

HH SHEIKH HAMDAN AL MAKTOUM - WINTER 2021 EDITION STILL AVAILABLE TO ORDER The Arabian Racehorse - Winter 2021 edition, commemorating HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has been produced in a limited print edition. There are still copies available priced £12 including postage for UK readers. Overseas postage is available but priced on an individual basis, please email info@thearabianracehorse.com for futher details or to place your order.

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ARABIAN RACING ORGANISATION CONFIRMS THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LICENCE 'LEGACY' TRAINERS IN 2022 The Arabian Racing Organisation has announced that ARO (legacy) trainers will continue to be licenced by ARO in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of the BHA’s new IT system (Racing Digital) has inevitably created some delays, the series of interim measures which were introduced in 2021 will remain in place for 2022. Existing BHA licenced trainers will be able train both Purebred Arabians and thoroughbred horses, from their current licenced premises, should they wish to do so. There is no change for existing ARO (legacy) trainers who wish to continue training only Purebred Arabian horses in 2022, who should apply to ARO for a licence as normal. Those wishing to apply for a BHA licence in 2022 will be assisted in this process and should contact the ARO office for further details.

New Purebred Arabian trainers wishing to train in 2022 should also apply to the ARO office and will use 2022 to work towards fulfilling all the requirements of the BHA licencing process for 2023. There will be no change to the administration of Arabian racing in 2022, which will continue to administered by ARO. ARO will provide the BHA and Weatherbys with all appropriate data relating to trainers, horses, stable staff and owners as and when appropriate or required. For further information on all the current regulations for UK Arabian racing, please contact Willie McFarland at the ARO office: willie@aroracing.co.uk

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NEW HORSE RACING ASSOCIATION IN JORDAN TO BE FORMED A new horse racing association in Jordan is to be formed to help support the industry and raise it to international standards. This new association will come under the jurisdiction of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation (RJEF), the national governing body for equestrian industry and sport in Jordan. The new Horse Racing Association of Jordan (HRAJ) will be tasked with helping guide and improve the racing industry on multiple fronts including, health and safety standards for both horses and riders, registration and traceability of the numerous breeds of horses racing in Jordan, international recognised handicapping system and exploring the improvement of equine infrastructure and facilities. The new governing committee for the HRAJ will consist of well-known figures in the horse industry in Jordan as well as a number of experts from the racing industry abroad. The committee will be headed by the General Secretary of the RJEF, Nour Al-Refai. The Head of Strategy for the committee is Pierce Dargan from Ireland. Pierce has a rich family history in the horse racing industry based out of his family’s farm, Eyrefield House Stud. He is a director of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust, the oldest and largest horse charity in Ireland. His company Equine MediRecord has clients that include some of the largest names in horse racing globally such as the Breeders Cup World Championships, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the Arabian Racing Organisation. With his work in horse racing and his other

charitable work, with his non-profit organisation Secret Street Tours and the World Economic Forum Global Shapers hub in Ireland, he was named in Ireland’s 30 under 30 business people. Pierce is joined by fellow international colleague Genny Haynes from the UK. Genny has been involved with Arabian racing in the UK for over 20 years, previously as a Trainer of Arabians, and since 2007 Director of the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) UK. Genny leads the ARO/BHA (British Horseracing Authority) Integration Project for Arabian racing to be included within the British Horseracing Industry. Genny has previously been involved at Board level with the International Federation of Arabian Horseracing (IFAHR). According to the RJEF the goal of the committee is to “(professionalise processes connected to the sport in Jordan, improving it for both horses and participants with the ultimate aim of having international horses race in Jordan and the best Jordanian horses running abroad). With a proud and lengthy history of Jordan competing in equine sports around the world at the highest level, including horses and riders representing Jordan multiple times in the Olympics, the vision of having Jordanian horses compete on the international stage against the best racehorses in the world can only be positive for the sport in Jordan.

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SHADWELL ANNOUNCES THREE NEW STALLIONS IN THEIR 2022 ROSTER Muraaqib, one of the best Shadwell-bred Arabian racehorses, will be available for breeders in 2022. Born in France in 2012, the son of Munjiz joined François Rohaut’s stables. He showed a lot of ability and precocity and won on debut at three. Always held in high regards by his trainer, he scored his first success at the highest level in the Al Rayyan Cup in Deauville, by a comfortable margin. He won a second Group 1 race as a three-year-old in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains. He won the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Gr.1 PA) at four, during the prestigious Arabian raceday sponsored for more than thirty years by Shadwell. The following year, he added more Group 1 successes to his record. At six years old, he showed his exceptional class in the Qatar International Stakes (Gr.1 PA) at Goodwood. His half-brother Barnamaj will also join Shadwell stallion roster next year. This

Group 1 winning son of champion racehorse No Risk Al Maury won his first races at three and was also placed in a Group 2. At four, Barnamaj finished second in Group races in France and the UK. At the end of that year, he joined Ali Rashid Al Raihe’s stables in the UAE. At five, Barnamaj competed in the three rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge and in the Dubai Kahayla Classic, all extremely competitive Group 1 PA races held at Meydan racecourse within three months. He never finished further than third: he scored the second leg of the Al Maktoum Challenge, finishing second in the first and third, and finished third in the Dubai Kahayla Classic. Barnamaj will stand in a National Stud of the SOREC in Morocco.

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AF Mathmoon (AE) François Rohaut, who trained both horses, commented: “Muraaqib is without a doubt the best Arabian racehorse that I have trained. An outstanding physique, the set of mind of a ‘warrior’ and an unusual turn of foot allowed him to win seven Group 1 races from 1600 m to 2000m. “His brother Barnamaj has an attractive conformation and showed bravery, speed and strength throughout his career. All qualities that are essential to make a racehorse.” Tashreefat is the dam of both stallions and a Shadwell-bred mare by champion racehorse Bengali D’Albret. She raced in the UK and UAE and was placed in several Group races, including a second place in the Liwa Oasis (Gr.1 PA) in Abu Dhabi. She has also produced the Listed winner Ajaayib (Mahabb), the Group 2 PA placed Maraasem (Akim De Ducor) and the promising Moshrif (Dahess).

Another addition to the Shadwell Arabian stallion roster in 2022 is multiple Group winner AF Mathmoon, by champion sire AF Albahar. Bred by leading owner and breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, AF Mathmoon won nine races, including six Group races such as the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (Gr.1 PA) in Meydan and the Liwa Oasis (Gr.1 PA) in Abu Dhabi. He made the headlines when he became the first winner of the prestigious Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr.1 PA) bred in the UAE. Dane O’Neill, who rode him in his historical win, remembers: “AF Mathmoon was a jockey’s dream ride, with a great temperament and good turn of foot. He could be ridden to win from any position in a race. His win in the 2016 Dubai Kahayla Classic was a great example. He really toughed it out that day and wouldn’t accept defeat.”

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AF Mathmoon and Muraaqib will stand in France, at Haras de Thouars. Emmanuel Cessac, founder of the stud, commented: “Haras de Thouars is excited to welcome two Shadwell stallions for the 2022 breeding season. Those two young sires are very promising for the future of the sport. Son of Munjiz, grandson of Bengali D’Albret, and exempt of Amer blood, Muraaqib was a remarkable racehorse. He sired his first foals in 2021: they are out of the ordinary. AF Mathmoon, as the first UAE bred Kahayla Classic winner, will join his sire at Thouars and will be a great addition to our group of stallions. “We are delighted by this new partnership with Shadwell and their trust in our team. The large genetic potential of their stallions will benefit all breeders in the South West of France as well as abroad, with frozen semen. The stallions have settled in well and are now waiting patiently for the beginning of the breeding season.” Deirdre Hyde, Arabian Pedigree Researcher at Shadwell, commented: “Serious breeders should welcome the opportunity to use these exciting young stallions. All three are highly successful representatives of their sires and come from well proven dam lines. Muraaqib and

Barnamaj bear the hallmark of Shadwell with their solid largely French pedigrees, they should be of great value for a wide variety of mares, whilst AF Mathmoon represents the best of UAE breeding from Al Awir Farm. We already have two lovely fillies by Muraaqib and await next season to welcome more foals by him and AF Mathmoon.” The rest of the Shadwell Arabian roster comprises leading sires AF Al Buraq and No Risk Al Maury, who will stand in the UK, as well as Handassa, Manark and Sivit Al Maury, who will stand in the South West of France in 2022. The complete roster, with the nomination fees and conditions, will be available on Shadwell Arabian Stallions website in the next few days. For more information about Shadwell Arabian Stallions: -

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Every Angle Covered Standing Top-Quality Stallions

Af Al Buraq Leading sire in the UAE by number of wins for 4 consecutive years Sire of Group winners including

AF MAHER (Dubai Kahayla Classic, Gr.1 PA), AF ALWAJEL (Liwa Oasis, Gr.2 PA), AF AL SAJANJLE (Mazrat Al Ruwayah, Gr.2 PA)…

Handassa Multiple Group winner by Champion sire MADJANI Promising first crops to run

Manark Group 1 winner (Dubai Kahayla Classic) Group winner at 3 Smashing first foals

No Risk Al Maury Champion Arabian racehorse Sire of Group 1 winners

Sivit Al Maury Multiple Stakes winner First yearlings 2022 | HANDASSA

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NEW for 2022 Barnamaj

No Risk Al Maury - Tashreefat (Bengali D’Albret)

Group 1 winner by Champion sire NO RISK AL MAURY Won the Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (Gr.1 PA) and placed in 6 Group races Half-brother to MURAAQIB

Af Mathmoon

Af Albahar - Temptayshuhn (Arawak D’Aroco)

First UAE-bred horse to win the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr.1 PA) Winner of 6 Group races Son of Champion sire AF ALBAHAR

Muraaqib

Munjiz - Tashreefat (Bengali D’Albret)

One of the best sons by his late sire Group 1 winner at 3 Winner of 7 Gr.1 races in 4 countries Promising first foals on the ground

For further details on our stallions, please visit our website

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FIRST STAGE OF BHA WHIP CONSULTATION CLOSES •

Initial phase of consultation – an online questionnaire – closed at midnight on Monday 6 September after running for 10 weeks Focus groups with volunteers remain ongoing, with detailed discussion sessions with relevant industry individuals and groups to follow All elements of the consultation to then be considered by the Whip Consultation Steering Group, which contains representation and expertise from across the racing industry and wider sectors

An online questionnaire, which forms the first stage of the open, public consultation around the use of the whip in British horseracing, concluded at midnight last night after running for 10 weeks. Over 2,000 responses have been received from industry participants, stakeholders, followers and members of the general public. These submissions will now be assessed, with the aid of an expert independent data analyst. As part of the consultation process, respondents were offered the opportunity to volunteer to take part in focus groups. Several such sessions have already been held, with more planned through September. Moreover, detailed discussions are also being organised with relevant industry individuals and organisations to take place in the coming weeks.

media. Recommendations will then proposed by the Steering Group in conjunction with the BHA Project group. Any resulting recommendations will then be taken out to the racing industry once again for further discussion, prior to undergoing formal consideration by the BHA Board, which is currently planned to take place in early 2022. Once the BHA Board has made final approvals of any recommendations, a report will be published alongside summaries of the consultation data and responses. There would then follow an extensive bedding in and training period for any changes ahead of their implementation. Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said:“We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has taken the time to submit their views as part of this open consultation. The views submitted through this process will now be assessed, and will play their part in shaping any proposals which are made by the Whip Consultation Steering Group as part of an open and transparent process.”

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BHA AND PJA CONFIRM ‘ONE MEETING PER DAY’ PROTOCOL TO CONTINUE THROUGH 2022 The BHA and PJA have today confirmed that the one-meeting per day protocol for jockeys, initially introduced as part of measures designed to ensure racing’s safe return behind closed doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended through 2022. Following consultation with jockeys and industry stakeholders, the BHA’s board has approved the move, which permits jockeys across both codes to ride at only one meeting per day. Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer of the BHA, said: “Jockeys played a key role in ensuring racing’s return in 2020 was a success, adapting to a new way of working in unusual circumstances while still producing at the highest level on the track. “It is our job to do everything we can to ensure the welfare of our jockeys and it has become clear over the last year that the overwhelming majority of jockeys appreciate no longer competing at multiple meetings per day, and having to contend with the physical and mental pressures this placed upon them.” Dale Gibson, Executive Director (Racing) of the PJA, said: “Horseracing is incredibly demanding on trainers, jockeys and

racing staff, particularly given the size of the fixture list. When you factor in early morning work, extensive mileage, financial uncertainty and the significant physical and mental challenges of being a jockey, it’s arguably the most challenging of professional sports for an athlete. “The PJA conducted a comprehensive jockey welfare survey earlier this year, with almost half the membership responding. The one meeting a day rule was one area we asked members about. The clear message, particularly from Flat jockeys, was that there had been significant benefits to Jockeys from the rule, which for most outweighed any negatives and that the majority, including 72% of Flat jockeys, wanted the rule to remain. “Based on the survey results, the PJA board had no hesitation in asking the BHA to take this step, and I am sure that the vast majority of the membership will be pleased that it remains in place throughout 2022.” PJA Joint President PJ McDonald added: “I am very pleased that the one meeting protocol has been extended, and believe strongly that it will benefit the long-term physical and mental health of riders competing today and in the future. This will allow us to achieve a better work-life balance, which is so important whatever your profession.”

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SAUDI CUP ADDS TOP LEVEL HANDICAP TO INTERNATIONAL JOCKEYS CHALLENGE DAY The Saudi Cup's International Jockey Challenge Day on Friday February 25, preceding the main event, has added a handicap for Arabians rated 90-105. The race will be run over 2100m for four-yearolds and older, with a prize fund of $500,000. There will be a 1kg penalty for each win to a maximum of 62kg. Though the race is not part of the four race International Jockeys Challenge, it is encouraging to see an Arabian race included on the day, when the racing world's attention will be on Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Cup fixtutre is now heading for it's third renewal, and next year will be held on Saturday February 26. The two day meeting features 16 races across both days, with the headline race for Arabians, the Obaiya Arabian Classic to be run over 2000m on Dirt the fifth race on the card.

With a prize fund of $2 million, as the race grows in stature and the world opens up to international travel once more, it looks sure to attract some of the world's best Arabians. Following Deryan's win in this year's Duabi Kahayla Classic, it has shown that horses that run well in the race do not hinder their chances in other top level contests, which is also a boost for the new race's fortunes. Information for connections for the 2022 Saudi Cup meeting can be received by emailing: efallon@thesaudicup.com.sa

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AFAC CALENDAR

days starting at Saint-Cloud with the Qatar Trophy des Poulains and Pouliches, before moving to ParisLongchamp for the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments, with the Qatar Arabian World Cup the following day.

AFAC's calendar for the remainder of the French racing season has been published. The season's highlight's take place at the start of October over three

AFAC CALENDAR

CALENDRIERS PROVISOIRES 2021

3yo

3 ANS 4

BORDEAUX 9-mai WATHBA STALLIONS CUP DJELFOR

1 600

58

TS

3

5

22-mai

TOULOUSE NORNIZ

1 600

57

M/H

3

6

22-mai

TOULOUSE FEDORA

1 600

57

F

3

TOULOUSE WATHBA STALLIONS CUP QUITAINE CHANTILLY QATAR COUPE DE FRANCE DES CHEVAUX ARABES POMPADOUR WATHBA STALLIONS CUP DE BOURNAZEL LA TESTE SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL BENGALI D'ALBRET

7

4-juin

8

25-juin

9

4-juil.

10

6-juil.

11

16-juil.

12

LA TESTE 16-juil. TIDJANI

13 14 15 16

16-juil.

LA TESTE RAZZIA III

GR. 2 PA

GR. 3 PA GR. 3 PA

LA TESTE NEZ D'OR

MONT DE MARSAN 21-juil. DUNIXI LA TESTE 26-juil. WATHBA STALLIONS CUP MANGALIE D'ALBRET 26-juil.

LA TESTE AKBAR

DAX 17 10-août WATHBA STALLIONS CUP DAHMAN 18 10-août

DEAUVILLE GR. 1 PA AL RAYYAN CUP KESBEROY

n'ayant jamais gagné -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru Tout gagnant portera + 2kg (les décharges ne sont pas autorisées) -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru Toute gagnante portera + 2kg (les décharges ne sont pas autorisées)

16 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

2 000

58

TS

3

n'ayant jamais gagné -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru

1 600

58

TS

3

3 ans : 58 kg

50 000 €

Prémium

1 200

58

TS

3

n'ayant jamais gagné ni reçu 1500€ en place

12 000 €

PMH

1 400

58

TS

3

n'ayant jamais gagné -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru

18 000 €

Prémium

1 900

57

F

3

3 ans : 57 kg + 2 kg gagnant Gr. 1

25 000 €

Prémium

3

3 ans : 57 kg + 2 kg gagnant Gr. 1

25 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

16 000 €

Prémium

1 900

57

M/H

n'ayant jamais gagné -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru +1kg par 3000€ reçus en places -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru +1kg par 4 000€ reçus en victoires et places -2kg pour les pouliches n'ayant jamais couru n'ayant jamais gagné +1kg par 5000€ reçus en places -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru n'ayant jamais gagné +1kg par 5 000€ reçus en place

1 900

58

TS

3

1 600

57

TS

3

1 900

58

F

3

1 900

58

M/H

3

2 300

58

TS

3

n'ayant jamais gagné -2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru

16 000 €

Prémium

2 000

58

TS

3

3 ans : 58 kg

50 000 €

Prémium

-

16 000 €

Prémium

-

16 000 €

Prémium

19 15-août

VICHY IFAHR

1 400

58

TS

3

20 20-août

LA TESTE DJOURMAN

1 900

58

TS

3

n'ayant pas reçu une allocation de 6 500€ Tout gagnant porter 2kg 2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru n'ayant pas reçu une allocation de 6 500€ Tout gagnant porter 2kg 2kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru

AFAC CALENDAR 4yo+

4 ANS et + N°

DATE

9

TOULOUSE 25-avr. CARTHAGE

10

11

12

HIPPODROME

TOULOUSE 25-avr. SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL NEFTA LA TESTE 28-avr. SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL DORMANE DAX 8-mai WATHBA STALLIONS CUP AICHA

13

8-mai

DAX DJERBA OUA

14

9-mai

BORDEAUX DAMAS

15

TOULOUSE 15-mai BAROUD II

CATEGORIE

DISTANCE

POIDS SEXE

AGE

CONDITIONS

DOTATIONS TOTALES

TYPE

30 000 €

Prémium

GR. 2 PA

2 000

56

TS

4 et +

4 ANS : 56 kg / 5 ANS et + : 60 kg Tout gagnant Gr1 +2kg

GR. 2 PA

2 000

58

F

4 ans

4 ANS : 58 kg / 5 ans: 58kg

30 000 €

Prémium

GR. 3 PA

1 900

58

TS

4 ans

+ 2 kg tout gagnant de Gr. 1 PA

20 000 €

Prémium

14 000 €

Prémium

14 000 €

Prémium

GR. 3 PA

4 ANS : 55 kg / 5 ANS et + : 59 kg + 1 kg par 3 000 € reçus en victoire et place depuis le 1er janvier de l'année qui précède 4 ANS : 56 kg / 5 ANS et + : 58 kg + 1 kg par 4 000 € reçus en victoire et place depuis le 1er janvier de l'année qui précède -1 kg pour les chevaux n'ayant jamais couru

2 300

55

TS

4 et +

1 400

56

TS

4 et +

1 600

56

TS

4 et +

4 ANS : 56 kg / 5 ANS et + : 58 kg + 2 kg tout gagnant de GR. 1

20 000 €

Prémium

4 et +

4 ANS : 55 kg / 5 ANS et + : 59 kg + 1 kg par 3 000 € reçus en victoire et place depuis le 1er janvier de l'année qui précède

14 000 €

Premium

2 100

55

TS

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UAE HORSE RACING PROGRAMME FOR 2021-22 A reminder of the fixture list of the 2021-2022 United Arab Emirates racing which gets underway at the end of Ocotber is published below. The list approved in May by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Racing Authority (ERA). His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: “We are happy to launch the 2021-2022 racing programme, which provides trainers, owners and horse fans with an integrated season on the five racecourses in the UAE.” His Highness added: “Through this fixture, we offer local and international races for the Thoroughbred and Arabian horses.”

Emirates Racing Authority oversees the season, which includes 68 races, beginning at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday, October 29, 2021. This is followed by Sharjah Racecourse on Saturday, October 30, while racing at Meydan Racecourse begins on Thursday November 4. Al Ain Racecourse will commence on Friday, November 5, and Abu Dhabi Racecourse will kick off its first race on Sunday, November 7, 2021. The UAE season includes 15 meetings at Abu Dhabi Racecourse, 14 meetings at Al Ain Racecourse, 11 meetings at Jebel Ali Racecourse, 6 meetings at Sharjah Longines Racecourse, while the Meydan Racecourse schedule for the season includes 22 meetings.

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RACING WELFARE HERE TO HELP THROUGHOUT COVID19 With racing in the UK resumed, the UK charity Racing Welfare continues to reach out to those in the industry who have been affected by the Covid19 crisis. The charity supports the whole of racing’s workforce, has a 24/7 Support Line which is open to anyone needing assistance and it also has a live chat service online if people prefer. Racing Welfare’s Support Line is staffed by experienced and trained call handlers who treat requests for help in confidence and are ready to deal with issues ranging from financial hardship to mental health concerns. Racing Welfare wants to reassure everyone that they are here to provide support for ALL of racing’s people and are aware that people from a whole range of different roles across the industry will be facing hardship. They are continuously monitoring the situation in order to provide up-to-date information and guidance to anyone affected. Racing’s Support Line is open 24/7 on 0800 6300 443 to anyone needing assistance or via live chat online at: www.racingwelfare.co.uk Racing Welfare teams are also contactable

during weekday office hours via the numbers below:

All the latest advice on grants and assistance offered by Racing Welfare can be found through their website: https://racingwelfare.co.uk/coronavirus-information-guidance-support/

There is also a mental health and wellbeing toolkit which The Arabian Racehorse has shared and can be read here: https://issuu.com/thearabianracehorse/docs/mental_health_and_wellbeing_toolkit_final__2_

Racing Welfare has just launched Woebot – an easy to use app that enables users to access in-the-moment support 24/7. Woebot can help you to track your mood, identify patterns and give insight into particular issues or concerns that you may not have realised were causing emotional distress. Woebot can also teach you techniques and tools such as cognitive behavioural therapies or breathing exercises. Research shows Woebot can help you improve your mood and lower your stress in as little as two weeks. Why use Woebot? • Woebot was created by Stanford-trained psychologists • The tools are based on decades of research • Woebot is personalised to your needs and only takes a few minutes a day!

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RACING WELFARE BEST TURNED OUT SERIES 2021 The Arabian Racing Organisation was delighted to learn that the popular Best Turned Out Series sponsored by Racing Welfare was to return for the 2021 Arabian racing season. Rewarding the hard-working grooms with points awarded in every race, at the end of the season, the winners in each category receive a cash prize of £125. Winning member of staff larger yard – Zara Brooks Winning member of staff smaller yard – Sue Wileman For the first time ever, the Winning most yard is a tie between the yards of James Owen and Peter Hammersley, with the prize being divided equally between them.

Zara Brooks

In addition, there were five individual Best Turned Out cash awards of £20 presented by the regional Welfare Officer representing Racing Welfare at the following meetings: Zara Brooks for Sahis at Chelmsford City (3rd June) Sue Wileman for Abiyah Athbah at Newbury (1st July) Sue Wileman for Al-Tabari at Chepstow (19th August) Tracy Raymont for Aldaana at Lingfield Park (25th August) Zara Brooks for Mazyoonah at Haydock (Saturday 4th September).

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2021 UK Season Review Part Two

James Owen with Shadwell Estates leading Arabian and leading Arabian mare Mazyoonah (GB), Adam Farragher and Zara Brooks

Given the challenges faced by UK Arabian racing this season, initially caused by Covid and then exacerbated by the sad loss Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, it is a testament to the hard-working ARO team that racing went ahead at all. The loss of Dubai International Arabian Races

was a huge blow for the sport domestically, however as the year progressed and the continuing challenges of Brexit and Covid saw international runners well down on previous years, it was probably just as well the meeting had not taken place this year.

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In the end 22 races were staged, with the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) restoring its prize money to pre-Covid values, and the UAE President Cup-UK Arabian Derby (Gr1PA) maintaining its prize fund as in previous years. After an understandable slow start with horse registrations, the season ended with 103 registered horses, including of course internationals. Given that on April 7, just 21 days before the season began at Wolverhampton, there were just 34 horses on the list, it was very encouraging to see this increase. Also encouraging, despite the obvious problems mentioned above, are the new owners and syndicates becoming involved in the UK. A win for Nikki Malcolm’s Stride Ahead Racing at Windsor (reviewed in the Summer 2021 edition), showed that given the right

horse, the small stables can take on their larger counterparts and be successful. John Morris returned to the sport after many years absence, registering two horses, however it was a shame that neither got the opportunity to race. James Owen has already been a leader in syndication, and this season built on the past success of his James Owen Racing Club. Adding further opportunities to get involved with his Green Ridge Racing and also through the Emirates Entertainment Racing Club, who had been successful in the UAE with the exported UK Arabian winner, Cheik Roque. He also added Irish based thoroughbred syndicate Blackrock Racing for a two-race lease of the Shadwell Estates filly Awtaar, and added individual owner, Gary Allsopp to Shadwell’s lease programme for their fillies with Balqees.

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Members of the Blackrock Racing Syndicate and the James Owen Racing Club at Doncaster to watch Awtaar finish fifth in the UK Arabian Derby As mentioned in the mid-season review, with a number of horses going into training later than usual, particularly from the smaller yards, it was not entirely surprising that Owen and Shadwell Estates got off to such a flying start. With the Shadwell team split between Owen and Phil Collington, both benefit by having access to Newmarket’s excellent and extensive training facilities. As in previous years Collington’s team have peaked later in the season, so that was a likely contributing factor to Owen’s overall success. With Collington’s stable less reliant on Shadwell for winners, as he has more Gulf based owners who expect to have their horses peaking in the winter, in their own countries, it was probably inevitable that the team at Green Ridge would be dominant.

As the UK now returns to something approaching ‘normality’, it can only be hoped that racing will stabilise and in 2022 we can resume a fixture list of at least the 40 odd races that were programmed in 2019. Though Owen may have dominated the first half of the season, it was the same story during August and September, even though the early lead he had established still gave him a fifth trainers title at the seasons’ close. Though the UK still does not have the necessary firepower to be competitive in the Group 1PA races, Collington made up for his slow start and proved that he still has the upper hand when it comes to black type competition, with two wins and the best UK placing in the Derby for a second consecutive year.

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Pete Hammersley continued his good run of form with solid efforts from his small string, with Zayin Zyperion proving to be the star performer of his Midlands based yard this season. The six-year-old son of No Risk Al Maury, built on his photo finish success at Lingfield with a clear five length win under Joey Haynes in the Emirates Breeders (0-55) handicap over a mile at Wolverhampton. Finishing ahead of Steve Blackwell’s veteran performer Aljawaaher, the Hammersley trained Samawaat was third. “He's improved again, hasn’t he?” Noted Hammersley. “We thought he’d run well, and he’s exceeded our expectations. He’s becoming more and more professional in his races and Joey’s given him a lovely

ride, I’m delighted for Paul [Simmons] as we’ve been very patient with the horse and not rushed him when he was younger. “I’m also very pleased with my other runners.” He continued. “Sue and Tony Connally’s Samawaat has had a few niggles, but she’s run up to the standard that she set last season and Kelly [Bostock] rode a good race on her. Steve [Harrison] said that Bin Al Reeh didn’t really travel for the first half of the race and then didn’t get going until it was too late. I also noticed he tried to bite Samawaat about a furlong out, so I think he’s earnt a visit to the vet. Expect to see him gelded for next year!”

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Alajab (GB) and Neil Callan In the last of the three visits ARO runners paid to Chelmsford City, there was triple success in the Follow @AROACING on Instagram Maiden Stakes, run in association with Equine MediRecord. Recent French import Alajab got off the mark on his UK debut, ridden by ‘Iron Man’ Neil Callan, who was recording his first UK winner since returning to these shores after a ten-year stint in Hong Kong. It was also a first UK win of the season for Collington, who had previously gained two wins in Europe this year. A gelded

son of No Risk Al Maury, Alajab led home a one-two-three for owner-breeders Shadwell Estates, beating promising young debutants Mummayez and Sultana, by a neck and two and a half-lengths. Callan was clearly delighted to be back in the UK winners circle saying: “I was contacted by Richard Hills to ride the horse and whether it’s an Arabian or a thoroughbred, when you get the chance to ride in the Shadwell colours you don’t turn it down.”

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Sultana (GB) and Tom Eaves (above) a first UK runner for AF Al Buraq (AE) goes to post, finishing an encouraging third behind [below] Alajab (GB) and Neil Callan and Mumayyez (GB) and Rossa Ryan

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Collington, who also trained the third, Sultana, said: “Alajab arrived a couple of months ago. His two runs in France had been nothing special having watched his videos. I didn’t want to put the headgear back on as he seems genuine enough and his work’s been good at home, but of course horses can be different on race day. I said to Neil, to see how he jumps off and take it from there, but to win from the front was fantastic, he’s really kept on gamely.” Equine MediRecord’s Chief Operating Officer Finlay Dargan commented: “We’re delighted to support Arabian racing in the UK and overseas. That was an impressive run from Alajab, I understand he has an entry in the UAE President’s Cup-UK Arabian Derby, so of course it would be exciting if he gets declared for that next

month at Doncaster.” After congratulating the winning connections, Genny Haynes ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We also thank Equine MediRecord for joining with us in sponsoring this race today. Their digital system was instrumental in allowing us to race last season and has been a huge help to all our participants moving forward as part of the integration process with thoroughbred racing.” Collington quickly proved that his team were in sparkling form two days later when fresh from her maiden win in Belgium, Bayan Athbah made her UK debut a winning one in the Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes (see review page 41).

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The following week there was a second Wathba Stallions Cup win this season for the Shadwell homebred mare Mazyoonah, when she secured the 0-80 handicap over a mile at Chepstow. Trained by Owen and ridden by Adam Farragher, the six-year-old mare finished half a length ahead of Awtaar, with the Hammersely-trained Al-Tabari a further length and a quarter behind in third. Farragher, who was recording his first win in the Shadwell colours and on his debut ride on an Arabian said: “I thought they went very hard in front, Mr Owen told me to take my time and get her to come through horses. Every time I asked her,

she was finding plenty, and I knew as soon as I got a bit of daylight I was going to catch the second. It’s my first win on an Arabian and certainly wouldn’t mind riding a few more like her.” Owen was delighted with the winner saying: “She appreciated the drop in grade, and I’m pleased for Adam, as he’s not ridden Arabians before. He gave her a really good ride and followed my instructions to the letter, he’s definitely got a bright future. I’m also pleased with Awtaar’s first run for Blackrock Racing in finishing second, it’s their first Arabian and she’ll head to the Derby now.”

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Awtaar (GB) and Thomas Greatrex Awtaar’s achievements and subsequent Derby declaration did not go unnoticed by the Irish racing press, with good coverage in both The Irish Field and on IrishRacing.com which bodes well for both Blackrock’s own syndicate and for Arabian racing in general.

The race was the last of the five Wathba Stallions Cup sponsored contests held under ARO rules in the UK this year. Held as part of the global HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival programme of races, supported by Wathba Stallions, the breeding arm in the UAE and France, of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, who is also Chairman of the Emirates Arabian Horse Association. ARO Commercial and Finance Director Genny Haynes thanked the Festival for their increased UK sponsorship this season, and of the addition of the ARO Cup to their portfolio, which was to be run as the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA) the following month.

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Returning to Lingfield Park, it was Mumayyez, runner-up to Alajab at Chelmsford, who fulfilled the promise of that debut effort two weeks previously. This time he came out on top in a photo finish with his stablemate Aldaana in the Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons Maiden Stakes. Ridden by Shadwell’s first jockey Jim Crowley, the three-year-old-colt won from Aldaana partnered by Hollie Doyle, with Al Mahbooba, also trained by Owen in third, in the mile and a quarter race. Owen commented: “There was plenty of pace in the race from our more experienced horses, but Mumayyez has come on for his first run and for the step up in trip. He travelled nicely through the

race and though was a bit green when he hit the front, I think he’s a nice horse for next year. I was thrilled with Aldaana in second, we’ve been aiming her for the Derby at Doncaster on St Leger Day, and I think she’ll come on again for this run.” Jamie Judd representing Rossdales said: “It was a fantastic race, with a thrilling close finish and we’re delighted to be back at Lingfield in our third year of Arabian racing sponsorship through the Arabian Racing Organisation. We have a dedicated team of racing and stud vets who work closely with many racehorse trainers and stud farms, including a number of longstanding clients who breed and train Arabian racehorses.”

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AJS Hajaj (QA) and Josephine Gordon The following Saturday Bayan Athbah continued her unbeaten run at Haydock in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, A Group 3PA contest, it was the first Arabian race of that grade to be staged at the course. (See review page 49). The UK’s highlight for four-year-olds continued in its now familiar slot on St Leger Day at Doncaster, with the UAE President Cup – UK Arabian Derby (Gr1PA). It was won, as expected, by one of France’s leading young horses in Abbes, giving trainer Thomas Fourcy, his first win in that race since it moved to the Town Moor track. (See review page 61). There was another new set of colours in the winner’s enclosure at Wolverhampton when AJS Hajaj provided his owner Mohammed bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah with his first UK winner with an Arabian. The Qatari based owner has had thoroughbreds in training in the UK with

Mark Johnston in Middleham, but so far, his European Arabian string has been confined to France. The nicely bred threeyear-old colt was having only his second start and won well by a length and a quarter from Balqees, with Delyth Thomas’s Paramer Angel a further three lengths behind in third. It was also a first Arabian winner for jockey Josephine Gordon, who commented: “Phil’s been very good to me, I’ve been really lucky with the ones I’ve ridden for him, they’ve all been competitive. I’m still learning a lot about them as they’re different to thoroughbreds. Plan A did not work out, as I was supposed to be up with the pace, he’s still a little bit green and I knew that he would stay further, so I knew I would have to swoop and loop at some point, which is not really ideal, as there were already horses three wide."

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She continued: “AJS Hajaj is obviously a very nice horse, you don’t see many Arabians sprint home like that. He going to keep improving because he definitely doesn’t know his job yet.” Collington was delighted with the colt’s performance saying: “It wasn’t exactly how we planned it, drawn in five, I’d said to Josie if she could sit in behind the lead, that would be ideal. She said he jumped ok, but he got a little nudge, and it just took him back a stride, so she just had to accept her fate. However, he showed his class in the straight didn’t he.” “At home, before he ran at Lingfield, he did some sharp pieces of work with some decent milers, and he coped with that, but when he made his debut he got a bit of

stage fright, even though he behaved impeccably. He’ll come on with every run, like Josie said. He’s entered at SaintCloud for the three-year-old colts Group1PA next month, so now he’s won today, that could well be on the agenda.” AJS Hajaj is a son of AF Albahar who has had a great ARO season, siring dual PA Group winner Bayan Athbah (also trained by Collington), as well as another dual winning filly in Muneer. His dam Nouba Al Maury is a full sister to 2021 ARO leading sire and multiple Group 1PA winner No Risk Al Maury. He is a three parts brother to Rawah, a dual Group2PA winner in France, and a brother to AJS Jood, a winner of the Qatari Breeders Trophy in Doha.

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AJS Hajaj (QA) Phil Collington and Josephine Gordon After the race ARO Commercial and Finance Director Genny Haynes observed: “We warmly congratulate Mohammed bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah for his first UK Arabian win with AJS Hajaj, as well as Josie Gordon. It has been brilliant for so many new jockeys to gain their first winners under ARO rules this season and we hope that it will encourage more people into the sport next year. “This was the fifth and final race sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman with us this season and we thank them for their loyal and generous support of our Arabian racing over many years. We were delighted when they chose to renew their sponsorship this season.” RIght: Phil Collington, Josephine Gordon and Royal Cavalry representative, Robin Gow THE ARABIAN RACEHORSE


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Alghadeer (FR) and Sean Levey win from Alanwaar (GB) and Dougie Costello

The ARO 2021 season concluded on September 20 with a one-two for Shadwell Estates in the Emirates Breeders (0-60) Handicap at Wolverhampton. The mile and half contest went right to the wire with Alghadeer trained by Owen, prevailing by a neck from Alanwaar, trained by Collington. Evermore Racing’s homebred Kayack, was a further length and a half behind in third. Jockey Sean Levey, who was recording his second Arabian win this season from only six rides, commented after the race: “He’s done it well, like most Arabians I’ve

ridden, he’s a thinker, but the race opened up really well for him. I was drawn in stall 10 so I was able to get settled in mid-division into the straight the first time around, and I was able to improve my position before I got to the top bend and again, before we got to the home turn. “I found myself in a great position turning in. He thought about it a bit, but I had to make his mind up for him and he put his head down and ran. His ears pricked at the line, but I think he’d done enough at that stage.”

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Speaking on behalf of ARO Haynes said: “ARO congratulates Shadwell Estates on another successful year, and both James and Phil who have been responsible for training their winners. “We also thank the Emirates Breeders for their generous sponsorship of this, our last race of the season. They continue to be very supportive of our racing, with a series that promoted UK Arabian racing at all levels with maidens, conditions races and a variety of handicaps.” She added: “We would also like to thank the BHA and all the racecourse teams for their assistance this year, enabling us to cope with the challenges of Covid and to keep our racing going under difficult circumstances.”

[Above right] James Owen recives the owners trophy from Willie McFarland and [below] with Alghadeer (FR)

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Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes (Gr2PA) 6f 4yo+ Newbury, UK BAYAN ATHBAH (GB) (5 m AF Albahar x Keen Game (Bengali D'Albret)) Owner: Athbah Stud Breeder: Athbah Stud Trainer: Philip Collington Jockey: Tadhg O'Shea

There was a quality card at the Arabian Racing Organisation’s home track of Newbury racecourse on Saturday 14 August. The Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes, a Group 2 PA over six furlongs, preceded seven thoroughbred races, three of which were black type events, with the headline contest being

the seven-furlong BetVictor Hungerford Stakes, also a Group 2. Eight runners were declared for the £20,000 sprint which, when run under its previous title of the Za’abeel International, has been won four times by its new sponsors, the Royal Cavalry of Oman.

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Unfortunately, the challenges of overseas travel proved too great this year and despite many enquiries from European trainers, including previous winners, the field was without its customary international flavour. However, the race was still expected to be competitive, featuring the UK’s top-rated horse Al Kaaser, fit from placing sixth in a quality renewal of the mile Group 1PA Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood. Renewing rivalry from that race was Abiyah Athbah, ARO leading mare of 2019, who was expected be seen to greater effect on the forecast quicker ground than the easy surface she encountered at Goodwood. Also seeking to improve on his Goodwood run was

Toofaan, one of four runners from Shadwell Estates. He, like stablemate Jadaayil was trying the trip for the first time, whilst Mazyoonah had won at this distance on quick ground in Belgium two years ago. The fourth of the Shadwell runners was Jamaraat. A lightly raced filly, it was hoped she may improve on what she has shown so far, being a daughter of Dahess, who won the race three times. Also lightly raced was her stablemate, Bayan Athbah, who recently got off the mark in Belgium. Completing the field was Storm Troupour. Though behind many of these at Goodwood, he was a Group 3PA winner over the trip on Dirt in Belgium and had been placed in this race before.

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Tadhg O'Shea in the paddock [above] and winning on Bayan Athbah (GB) [below]

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Bayan Athbah (GB) and Tadhg O'Shea

Abiyah Athbah, partnered by Sophie Ralston who had ridden the mare into third place in the conditions prep race for this the previous month, set the pace from stall eight on the stands side. Storm Troupour attempted to stay with her, but even he, a habitual pacesetter, found the tempo a stride too quick. Toofaan in a first-time visor tried to make a race of it with her, but he showed a slight tendency to hang to his left under pressure. However from two furlongs out it was clear that the horse travelling best of all was Bayan Athbah. The novice filly, on her fourth ever start, raced unopposed on the far side of the main group, readily picking up the lead from Abiyah Athbah to draw clear for an impressive win by two and a quarter lengths from Toofaan. Al Kaaser

stayed on to deny Abiyah Athbah third place. Bayan Athbah was ridden by nine times UAE Champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea, whose last UK win in the Athbah Stud colours had come on the mare’s halfbrother, Mehdaaf Athbah at the same track two years ago. He commented: “She’s a lovely straightforward filly, I didn’t know much about her beforehand, other than she was dropping back in trip. Phil just told me to ride her as I found her, it’s her minimum distance. She gave me a lovely ride throughout; I was never worried at any stage. They went a nice even gallop, she’s a filly with a turn of foot and that’s what wins races.”

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Trainer Phil Collington who was recording his tenth Group winner commented: “Bayan Athbah’s a lovely filly. We knew she was pretty special when she came back to us from Saudi Arabia, winning that maiden race in Ostend for us, which was over further in Belgium. No doubt she’ll be better again back up in trip, but we thought she was worth a try over this distance today because she has so much class.” Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We congratulate Phil and Athbah Racing on their success today with Bayan Athbah crowned as our new sprint champion. She certainly

showed the field a clean pair of heels and she looks a quality filly who can go on to win more races and uphold the value of our UK form. “We thank the Royal Cavalry of Oman for their loyal and generous support of UK Arabian racing for many years and we were delighted that they chose to support this race with which they have had such a history. Naturally it was disappointing that due to the current challenges we had no international runners this year, but restrictions are easing, and we hope that future races will once again contain the diverse spread of overseas runners to which we have become accustomed.”

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Filling the places behind Bayan Athbah (GB) were Toofan (GB) and Hollie Doyle [above] and Al Kaaser (FR) and Tom Marquand [below]

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ARO Directors Charles Gregson, Bill Smith and [far right] Genny Haynes with Phil Collington and Tadhg O'Shea

The Royal Cavalry of Oman The Royal Cavalry of Oman have been a valued supporter of UK Arabian racing for over ten years sponsoring a variety of races from grassroots to group level. They have a strong connection to the black type sprint races through their sponsorship of the Clarendon Stakes over five furlongs, and their success in the Za’abeel International over six furlongs. This year the race, currently a Group 2PA, was held under their sponsorship for the first time, as the Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes. For three years, from 2013 through to 2015, their flying French trained filly, Al Mouhannad dominated the Za’abeel International at Newbury. She claimed the scalps of horses such as Aziz ASF, a previous winner of the race and the

Clarendon stakes, who also won the HH The Amir Sword, as well as Manark, who went on to win the Kahayla Classic. In 2018 the Royal Cavalry won again, when her brother, Al Chammy, claimed the crown. He was trained from their UK base just a few miles away at Wargrave, by Said Al Badi and ridden by Olivier Peslier. The Royal Cavalry’s Director General is Dr Sarhan Al Zaidi, appointed in 2021, who oversees all their activities. At home in Oman, the Royal Horse Racing Club holds a full season of racing for Arabians and thoroughbreds with 20 meetings from mid-October through to early April. Their feature races are the Omani Derby, the National Day Cup and the Final Day Cup, which are held at Al Rahba racecourse, at Barka in northern Oman.

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HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA) 1m 4yo+ Haydock, UK BAYAN ATHBAH (GB) (5 m AF Albahar x Keen Game (Bengali D'Albret)) Owner: Athbah Stud Breeder: Athbah Stud Trainer: Philip Collington Jockey: Tom Marquand

Bayan Athbah was seeking further Group success, in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA) held at Haydock Park racecourse, on Saturday September 4. The five-year-old mare headed a field of nine for the £14,000 race, held over a mile as part of the track’s most important fixture of their Flat racing calendar, Betfair

Sprint Cup Day. The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomed the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival as the new sponsor of the race, which had been known as the ARO Cup International Stakes, when previously run at both Newbury and Royal Windsor racecourses.

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Those two races had been won by mares trained by Phil Collington, who was hoping that Bayan Athbah, could continue his fine run of form in the contest. However, he was also responsible for two ex-French recruits from Shadwell Estates in Alghanny, making his UK debut and Alajab, who scored on his first outing for his new trainer the previous month. All Collington’s runners were lightly raced and open to further improvement. James Owen, fielded four runners, Al Kaaser, Toofaan and Mazyoonah, had all finished behind Bayan Athbah when they last met at Newbury, whilst Farhaa had to bounce back from a disappointing run at Goodwood. The Peter Hammersley trained Abiyah Athbah was another who was likely to be better suited by conditions at Haydock, as she is at her best on firm ground, and whilst Alameen was expected to make his

debut for John Morris, he was a late withdrawal on the day. From the off, Farhaa and Hollie Doyle, vied for the lead with Abiyah Athbah and Marco Ghiani, with Abiyah Athbah having the advantage of the inside rail as they rounded the bottom bend and into the home straight. Also on the rail was Bayan Athbah, ridden on this occasion by Tom Marquand, they tracked the leaders, in company with Toofaan. With two furlongs to go, Bayan Athbah was caught behind horses looking for room and Marquand had to switch course several times, before the pair found daylight. With Farhaa and Toofaan fading, a furlong from the post Abiyah Athbah was staying on resolutely in front, with the greatest danger now being Mazyoonah. Bayan Athbah was being rousted along, though she still had several lengths to make up, before she could be considered a contender.

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Bayan Athbah (GB) and Tom Marquand win from Mazyoona (GB) and Sean Levey, and Abiyah Athbah (GB) and Marco Ghiani At the half furlong pole Bayan Athbah picked up speed and found the necessary acceleration to make her presence felt, just getting up to pip Mazyoonah on the line by a neck, with the brave Abiyah Athbah a further neck behind in third. Bayan Athbah had made it three wins out of three starts since arriving in Europe this season. Partnered for the first time by Marquand, he was recording his first Group winner on an Arabian. Afterwards he commented: “It was a different experience for her today, obviously the Group race at Newbury was on a nice straight track, so she was able to win smoothly, but here, whilst a low draw can seem great, it can provide some traffic issues. There were a few strides where she just got intimidated by the other horses around her, so it felt like a bit of a learning curve for her and I’m sure she’ll be better again next time.”

He continued: “The ground was very quick, there wouldn’t be many horses that would love it like this so I think a bit more ease wouldn’t go amiss for her. It’s been over six years since I last rode a winner for Athbah Stud in the UK, but great to have another winner for them and fingers crossed there may be a few more.” For Collington it was a third win in the race, after Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Aghsaan in 2016 and another Athbah Stud filly, Shomoos Athbah in 2018. He said: “It was a bit of a relief that she won, as I saw Bayan Athbah in a bit of a pocket without a clear run, but once she saw daylight she got there. She stays this trip well and she’ll get further. It’s only been three weeks since she won at Newbury, so this might have been a bit soon, but she’s still relatively inexperienced.”

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Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, said: “We congratulate the winners Athbah Stud, Phil Collington and Tom Marquand who rode a great race on Bayan Athbah. We were excited to bring Arabian racing to Haydock Park on such an important day in their racing calendar and delighted to support the Arabian Racing Organisation through the sponsorship of this race. “We thank His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood

and Childhood for all their support and guidance throughout the Festival’s activities this year.” The Festival has continued to play a significant role in the global promotion of Arabian racing and breeding since it began in 2009. It continues the efforts made by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to preserve heritage sports and equestrianism in particular, promoting Arabian horses and the UAE’s heritage around the world. Sponsoring hundreds of races over the last twelve years, from the grass roots to the highest level, these events culminate in the worlds’ richest Arabian horse race on Turf, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, a Group 1 PA run in Abu Dhabi in December.

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ARO Director Genny Haynes with Phil Collington, Abdul Moniem Ahmed Ali, James Collington and Tom Marquand

Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “ARO is delighted to see Bayan Athbah progress from her recent win at Newbury, to gain another Group success here. We also congratulate Phil and Athbah Stud who also won this race when it was held at Royal Windsor with another homebred mare, Shomoos Athbah. It is also pleasing to see Tom Marquand gain his first Arabian pattern race victory, as he had his first win in the same colours when he was an apprentice in 2015. “We are also very grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival who chose to support this race for the first time this year.”

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UK Season Review - Pedigree Focus BAYAN ATHBAH (GB) 2016 m AF Albahar x Keen Game (Bengali D'Albret) Athbah Stud

Bayan Athbah (GB)

Having extended her unbeaten run in Europe to three races, with a second PA Group success at Haydock, Bayan Athbah has shown herself to be the most exciting mare in training in the UK. She is also the highest rated at 100, though had she had an easier passage at Haydock, that figure would almost certainly be higher. She also recorded a very fast time of 1.17.65 when winning over 6 furlongs at Newbury, however the official timing system wasn’t functioning that day, so a hand time from the video was necessary, which cannot be

fully relied upon for accuracy. By AF Albahar, Bayan Athbah is a fiveyear-old daughter of Athbah Stud’s Keen Game, and has the potential to be the mare’s best progeny. Keen Game is by Bengali D’Albret, a dual winner of the Dubai International Stakes for HH Sheikh Hamdan, who initially seemed disappointing as a stallion, but is now coming to the fore as a broodmare sire, with the likes of Tashreefat (dam of Muraaqib).

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Keen Game was bred by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and trained by Bill Smith to win three races in the UK, from 1m1f to two miles. Her first foal was Spirited Game (by Vert Olive) and in the later dispersal sale, Keen Game was bought by Athbah Stud, whilst Spirited Game went to Steve Blackwell. Keen Game’s first registered foal for Athbah Stud was Ramdah Athbah (a filly

by Dahess) who was unraced, however her next, the colt Mehdaaf Athbah (by Amer) proved to be of Group class. Initially trained by Philip Sogorb in France, he won the Prix Warda and the Prix Djerba Oua, beating some smart individuals, before lining up in the French Arabian Derby. He finished sixth behind Alsaker, in a top class field that included the Group1PA winners, Tayf, Khataab, Aba’ath and RB Burn.

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Mehdaaf Athbah (GB) and Tadhg O'Shea win at Newbury in 2019 He was then placed in a Group 3PA before a career best, when finishing second to Al Mourtajez in the Qatar Arabian Word Cup at Chantilly, ahead of Tayf, Gazwan, Prada T, Sylvine Al Maury and Sir Bani Yas. He was placed at Group level on four subsequent occasions before a minor injury curtailed his career. Transferred to the UK and the stable of Phil Collington, he won a further two races and was Group1PA placed three times before retiring to stud in Sardinia in Italy. Keen Game is also the dam of Kamel Athbah (colt by Munjiz), placed three times in the UK from a mile to a mile and a quarter. She is also the dam of Jaazmah Athbah (filly by Jalnar Al Kahlediah), a winner of a Group2PA in Milan and a Group3PA at La Teste De Buch, who was second in the 2019 Qatar Arabian Trophy

des Juments at Paris Longchamp. She also has a four-year-old gelding, Thayer Athbah (by Mahabb) and a promising three-year-old colt Mlatem Athbah, who is a full-brother to Bayan Athbah. He showed great promise on his debut at Newbury in a six furlong conditions event, staying on for fourth. Keen Game’s dam Kenithra (by Djouras Tu), was a winner over a mile and a quarter in the UK and produced a number of winners, the best of which was Kolver (a filly by Vert Olive) a winner of a Group 2PA over a mile, she produced two winners: Khattaf Athbah (colt by Mahabb), who won over seven furlongs as a threeyear-old at Newbury trained by Pete Hammersley, and Koline, winner of a valuable handicap at Sandown for Stephen Gregory.

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Above: Kamel Athbah (GB) placed three times in 2016 Below: Jaazmah Athbah (GB) finishes second in the 2019 Qatar Trophy des Juments

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Kenithra was the dam of three other winners in the UK, Even Keener (a sister to Keen Game), Khadeer (filly by Vadeer) and Khenanga (colt by Maganate). Kenithra was a sister to the sire Khoutoubia, winner of Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge and the National Day Cup, both Group 1PA races in the

Emirates. She is also a half-sister to Karouj (filly by Karmah), the dam of Mith’haf Athbah, a Group1PA winner in the UK and now a sire.

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[Above] Mlatem Athbah (GB) who finished fourth on his debut at Newbury in July behind Muneer. [Below] Khattaf Athbah (GB) a winner at Newbury in 2016

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UAE President Cup -UK Arabian Derby (Gr1PA) 1m2f 4yo Doncaster, UK ABBES (FR) (4 c TM Fred Texas x Raqiyah (Amer)) Owner: HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani Breeder: SCEA Du Haras Du Victot Trainer: Thomas Fourcy Jockey: Olivier Peslier

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted to receive nine declarations for the UAE President Cup - UK Arabian Derby run at Doncaster on Saturday September 11th as part of the Cazoo St Leger Festival. Despite the challenges of Covid19 and Brexit, the event still attracted two quality runners from France.

They joined seven domestic challengers, making it the largest field for the race since it relocated to Doncaster, when the UAE President Cup resumed sponsorship of the contest in 2016. The Group 1PA race is exclusively for four-year-old Purebred Arabians and is held over a mile and a quarter for a prize fund of £80,000.

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In the paddock [above] Abbes (FR) and French trainers Elizabeth Bernard and Thomas Fourcy [below]

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The highest rated was Abbes, who had raced almost exclusively in Group company in all his starts in France. A winner of two lesser PA group races, he had twice been runner-up at this level, in two of France’s most coveted races, the 2020 Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains and then in his most recent start, the Qatar French Arabian Derby. Sent off favourite, he met trouble in running that day and trainer Thomas Fourcy was hoping to gain recompense and a first win in this race at Doncaster, having already recorded three thirds and was most recently second in 2019. Abbes was to be ridden by regular partner Olivier Peslier, who finished runner-up in the same HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani colours in 2016 on Tayf. Also from France was Group 3PA winner Arion. Trained by Elizabeth Bernard for a partnership headed by Haif Mohammed Al Ghatani, the Haras des Rabodanges and Haseg, Arion was to be their first ever runner at Doncaster. A late developer, he missed his juvenile season, but had already been placed in Group company at

this trip in Italy and won his last two blacktype starts in Belgium over 1m4f and 1m1f, ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem. Interestingly, the dams of both Abbes (Raqiyah 2010) and Arion (Kiss De Ghazal 2011), were winners of the UK stage of the UAE President Cup when it was run at Ascot, each ridden by the respective jockeys who partnered their colts at Doncaster. Shadwell Estates fielded their largest contingent of recent years with five runners from two different yards. Alajab, Alghanny and Khateer were trained by Phil Collington who was seeking his third UK Group win this season. All three started their careers in France, and it was recent maiden winner Alajab who carried the first colours, ridden by Dane O’Neill. Alghanny was a brother to a dual winner at this level and was partnered by Kevin Stott who gained his first Arabian win for the same connections last year. Khateer was making her UK debut, ridden by Ray Dawson.

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Going to post: [above] Alajab (GB) and Dane O'Neill and [below] Awtaar (GB) and Tom Marquand

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Abbes (FR) and Olivier Peslier win from Arion (FR) and Jean-Bernard Eyquem

The fillies, Aldaana and Farasah were also carrying the blue and white and were trained by James Owen. Farasah beat Aldaana in the first maiden of the season and had since been placed in a handicap when ridden by Jack Mitchell who continues the partnership. Aldaana was the mount of Hollie Doyle, who had been a close second on the filly at Lingfield, when stepping up to this distance the previous month. Owen also ran Awtaar, who he had leased from Shadwell Estates to run in the colours of the Blackrock Racing Syndicate who took a half share. Awtaar was a halfsister to last year’s third Loolwa, and was a landmark first Arabian runner in a Group race for the Irish syndicate, who have had great success with their thoroughbreds. Sahis completed the line-up, running in the colours of the Goodwin Partnership, he was also trained by Owen. Ridden by Rossa Ryan, who had recorded two wins and a place from four Arabian rides this term, including one over course and distance in July on Abqarry.

Despite his undoubted class, Abbes gave his supporters some anxious moments early in the race being slowly away and chased along in the early stages by Peslier. The field were led by Sahis, who had been fitted with blinkers and jumped quickly from the stalls in company with Khateer. As they entered the home straight, they were closely bunched, but it wasn’t long before Sahis cried enough and started to fade. Arion and Eyquem made their move on the outside to lead, with Alajab giving chase, and Awtaar under pressure to keep her position in third. Peslier had moved through the pack on the rail into fourth and Abbes was under strong pressure to catch Arion, who had quickly put daylight between him and his challengers. However as they reached the furlong pole, Abbes had just about reached Arion’s quarters and continued smooth progress to pass, that colt and draw away for an easy four and a half-length victory.

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However as they reached the furlong pole, Abbes had just about reached Arion’s quarters and continued smooth progress to pass, that colt and draw away for an easy four and a half-length victory.

to ride him. They probably went to the front too early, but he won thanks to his class, he will head to the Qatar Arabian World Cup in October and then the HH The Amir Sword.”

Nine and a half-lengths behind was Alajab, who finished the best of the domestic trained runners in third, with Farasah fourth and Awtaar and Aldaana picking up the lower end prize money in fifth and sixth.

Peslier said: “The horse has now won a Group 1, but has always had a lot of ability. Today it was a good race, he responded to my hands, but he still needs more experience, it will be a good preparation for Longchamp.”

After the race Fourcy commented: “Abbes is a good horse, but he is very laid back. He had a good race, even if he was a bit too relaxed at the beginning. He likes to come through horses to gain his motivation and Olivier knows that’s how

Matar Al Yabhouni, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the UAE President Cup, said: "We are pleased on the success of the prestigious cup on the European race tracks and it's benefits to owners and trainers".

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Winners enclosure [above] Thomas Fourcy, Abbes (FR) and Olivier Peslier and Marie Tallon and [below] with Faisal Al Rahmani and Saeed Almeirhi

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Faisal Al Rahmani, Event Manager for the UAE President Cup commented: “We are happy to see the crowds back on the racecourse, today I met many owners from England and also from Ireland that are interested in Arabian horses. We hope that they will spread the word and bring more new people into the sport. “I’m very pleased with how this year’s UAE President Cup series is going, we have many followers all around the world. Every race produces a star, just like Abbes today. We need to keep this momentum going and hope to encourage more breeding of Arabian racehorses which is part of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. At the end of the year, we will look to see what we can do with ARO and hopefully we may be able to support more races next year in the UK.” Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was thrilled commenting. “ARO congratulates the connections of Abbes on a superb win today. It has been

a challenge to support international racing this season and ARO is proud to have been able to ensure it has taken place. “We were excited to welcome back the President of the UAE Cup in 2016 and we are delighted that this race has consistently produced top-quality winners, Abbes certainly looks to be in that mould. This race is now firmly established as part of St Leger Day, at Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year which enhances the contest’s prestige and Arabian racing’s status in the UK.” She concluded: “We continue to be extremely grateful to the UAE President Cup Series for their support of our feature race for four-year-olds and to Doncaster racecourse for their support of our racing. We also thank the British Horseracing Authority for their assistance this season, particularly with our international runners.”

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Winning trainer Thomas Fourcy and winning jockey Olivier Peslier receive their trophies from Faisal Al Rahmani

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UK Season Review - Pedigree Focus ABBES (FR) 2018 c TM Fred Texas x Raqiyah (Amer) HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani - SCEA Haras du Victot

Abbes stamped his authority in the UAE President Cup – UK Arabian Derby with an easy win from fellow French challenger, Arion. By TM Fred Texas, he is a homebred colt for owner HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, out of Raqiyah, who won a previous running of the UK stage of the UAE President Cup, when it was run in

Ascot in 2010, also ridden by Peslier. Abbes has twice been runner-up in this company and over this classic distance. Last autumn he was second in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains by a neck to Hadi De Carrere and then in June this year, he didn’t have the clearest of runs in the Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes des 4 Ans at Chantilly where he was beaten three lengths by Hoggar De L’Ardus.

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He has now secured his first Group 1 PA, to add to wins in the 2020 Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr2PA) over a mile and the 2021 Sheikh Mansoor Festival sponsored Prix Dormane (Gr3PA) over 1900m, both run at La Teste De Buch. He is one of the best sons of TM Fred Texas, joining Marid and Methgal as Group 1PA winners for their sire, who is now based in Qatar, on a very limited book of approved mares only. For that reason, it will be important to boost his stallion prospects with another top level win, which could come as soon as the Qatar Arabian World Cup, which is his next designated target. His dam Raqiyah (by Amer) was also a five-time Group 1PA winner in the familiar burgundy and white colours. She won 15 times from 28 starts in France, Qatar and

the UK, her top-level wins included the aforementioned UAE President Cup at Ascot, as well as the Doha Cup (Prix Manganate) at Deauville, the French running of the UAE President Cup at Saint-Cloud (twice, in 2020 and 2021), as well as the Qatar International Trophy in Doha. Her first registered foal, Badda (by Seraphin Du Paon) won four races from 11 starts in Qatar, all at 1700m on the Dirt. Abbes is her second produce and clearly the best so far. Her latest runner to reach the track is Salwa, a three-year-old colt by Kalino, who is also in training with Thomas Fourcy. He was a close third on his debut in the Prix Tidjani (Gr3PA) over 1900m at La Teste in July, and only beaten a quarter of a length in the Priz Djourman in August, over the same course and distance. He is entered in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains at Saint-Cloud on October 1.

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Neef (FR)

Raqiyah’s dam Sarahmina, by Tornado De Syrah, won the Prix Mandragore over 1525m at Montauban in 2002, before being placed in a handicap in Doha. Raqiya was her second foal, the first Tameemah (by Amer), was also a prolific winner in Qatar, with nine victories, from 1400m to 1850, though not at such a high level. She did place third on two occasions in Group 1PA races, in the 2009 Hatta International at Newbury, and later that year in the Qatar French Arabian Breeders Challenge (Pouliches 4 Ans), both over 2000m. Of her three foals to race, none have won to date, though they include the four-year-old Al Tammtam, who is also by TM Fred Texas, and in training with Fourcy.

Sarahmina’s seven subsequent matings, have all been with sons of Amer. Farqooq (colt by Nizam) has won the Gulf Cup in Doha, as well as the Qatar Derby for local breds. Neef (colt by General) won twice in France, including the Prix Cheri Bibi (Gr3PA) over 1900m, he was sold in the horses in training segment in the 2019 Arqana PA sale for €45,000. In 2017 Sarahmina had three embryo transfer foals, the best of which was Muqla (filly by Tabarak), a dual winner in Qatar over 1600m. Her latest produce, the four-yearold filly Al Garbiyah (by Nizam), has raced once this season and is with Thomas Fourcy.

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Sarahmina is a half-sister to the Group 2PA winner, Prince Amin (by Darike), from the family of the dual Group 1PA winner Prince D’Orient. Her fourth dam Bergeronnette is the dam of Ballade Folle, dam of Dormah De Brugere and Dormadora, who have produced the respective Group 1PA winners Mahess Du Soleil and Dahor De Brugere.

Right: Dahor De Brugere (FR) Below: Mahess Du Soleil (GB) and Richie Mullen go to post for the UK Derby

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UK Season Review - Championship Tables

The UK's leading sire for a second consecutive year - No Risk Al Maury (FR)

When reviewing all the Arabian Racing Organisation championship tables for 2021, they must be placed in the context of a reduced race programme of only 22 races. With 31 of the 73 horses that actually raced (from the total of 103 horses registered at the season close), at least starting the year under Shadwell ownership, it was always highly likely that they would be dominant. The subsequent dispersal, either through sale or lease of a number of these horses into the UK market does of course affect the final

numbers. However, it should be noted that though none of those horses subsequently won a race, all were placed. As has been mentioned at the start of part two of the season review, three weeks before the first race in April, only 34 horses were registered. In order for future race plans to be more inclusive, the perceived ‘chicken and egg’ situation, where owners wait to see what races are available before registering their horses must surely be seen as self-defeating.

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ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum may have sadly passed on, but his legacy in Arabian racing in the UK continued in 2021 with a first owners’ championship for Shadwell Estates and HH Sheikha Hissa bint Hamdan Al Maktoum. With ten individual winners of twelve races, all were homebreds in the iconic blue and white colours. Though none achieved a black-type victory, Alajab was Group 1PA placed in the UAE President Cup – UK Arabian Derby, whilst Toofaan was Group 2PA placed and Mazyoonah Group 3PA placed. Dual winning three-year-old, Muneer, also looked a quality filly to follow next season. Finishing second with two wins and two third places was Paul Simmons’s Zayin Arabians, primarily down to the improving Zayin Zyperion, whilst the dual Group winning mare, Bayan Athbah, and her younger brother, Mlatem Athbah helped Athbah Stud to take third slot.

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Having built up a good early lead, it was soon evident that James Owen was on course for a fifth trainers title, despite a late rally from Phil Collington in the second half of the season, and some fine efforts from the Pete Hammersley team. Owen capitalised on the Shadwell lease agreements, bringing Al Kaaser, Al Mahbooba, Awtaar and Balqees into his stable, and though all were placed, none made it into the winner’s circle this term. With Shadwell as his main patron, and their subsequent cutting back of numbers for 2022, he may find that next season, his nearest rival Phil Collington reclaims the title he last won in 2018. Collington certainly has cultivated a more diverse ownership base in recent years, and though also retains the support of Shadwell, the strength of the Athbah team and the recent success for his new Qatari owner Mohammed bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah should stand him in good stead for 2022. He has also maintained his relationships with smaller domestic owner breeders such as Nicki Thorne, and also

John Elliott and Teresa Kinsey for whom he trained his first ever winner, Hau Kola back in 2016. In third place was Pete Hammersley. His horses were reliable yardsticks all year, and in a normal season with more opportunities, likeable performers such as Al-Tabari and Abiyah Athbah would surely have won again. Zayin Zyperion proved that his placed performances of 2020 would indeed lead to not one, but two wins and it was undoubtedly a great performance to get Bin Al Reeh off the mark at last. Though it was no surprise to learn that that particular character will be racing as a gelding next season. It was also encouraging to see Nikki Malcolm back in the winners’ enclosure, this time with Stride Ahead Racing’s Falcon Du Roc’h, bred by Nicki Thorne. Whilst Steve Blackwell and Jen Harris must be commended for their perseverance with horses that in a regular season without a top-heavy Shadwell bias, would surely have been successful.

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Leading trainer James Owen with Hollie Doyle [above] and Rossa Ryan [below]

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It is a notable achievement since the abolition of the gender-based titles, for Hollie Doyle to claim the jockeys championship for the first time. Having grown up with her family’s Arabians and ridden them as an amateur it is great for the sport for one of its own to succeed as a professional. Her parents (riding and training) had last raced under ARO rules with Rasma in 2003, with Hollie taking her debut amateur ride in an Open All-breeds handicap, ten years later. Her first ride as an apprentice came on the old stalwart, Noble Athlete at Dubai International Arabian Races in 2016, finishing fourth in the Emirates Premier Handicap over a mile at Newbury. She subsequently rode Farar in that year’s HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak

Apprentice World Championship race at Lingfield, but it wasn’t until this season that she gained her first win. Partnering Farhaa for Shadwell Estates and James Owen in TheArabianRacehorse.Com International Stakes at Newbury, she later followed up at the same track on the exciting filly Muneer for the same connections. Her two placings on Aldaana and Toofan, kept her in front of Rossa Ryan, another young professional to take well to Arabian racing. In third place was Sean Levey, who has had a great season, with wins on Zayin Zyperion and Alghadeer, whilst for dual champion, Alex Chadwick was the best of the amateurs with one win and three second placings.

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Leading Arabian and leading mare, Mazyoonah [above] and runner-up Zayin Zyperion (GB) [below] both were dual winners in 2021 by No Risk Al Maury (FR)

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This season has been all about the girls beating the boys, with Mazyoonah pipping Zayin Zyperion for overall leading Arabian and leading mare, both Bayan Athbah and Muneer were close behind, with all four horses on two wins. Mazyoonah’s second place in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, clinched the title from Zayin Zyperion, who had two third places. Mazyoonah has proved equally effective on both Tapeta and Turf winning two Wathba Stallions Cup handicaps at both Wolverhampton and Chepstow. A Shadwell homebred by leading sire No Risk Al Maury, she is a six-year-old daughter of Ujidora De Bozouls, who was placed twice at 7f and a mile when trained by Gill Duffield. By Dormane, she is a sister to Ujidor De Bozouls, a winner of the Hatta International in 2005, who was third the following year. Of the horses with one win on the board,

Falcon Du Roc’h proved to be a late developer, but scored a well-deserved win on his debut for his new stable and gave another win to his breeder’s sire, Tidarbret. However, it was the three-yearolds that stole the show with some taking performances with AJS Hajaj looking like a colt of some potential when coming around horses to lose his maiden tag. He holds entries in France and Belgium this autumn. Special mention should also go to Evermore Racing’s Kayack. Consistent in his grade, the homebred gelding was beaten in a photo by the improving Zayin Zyperion and was the best of the rest when placed third in the final race of the season. The first two home, Shadwell Estates Algahdeer and Alanwaar, were lightly raced four and three-year-olds, who would clearly have found themselves racing in a higher level in a ‘normal’ year. Hopefully his patient connections will find a suitable opportunity for him next term.

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Still a maiden, but some brave runs in defeat from Kayack (GB) [above] No Risk Al Maury (FR) [below] claims a second sires title

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It was no surprise that Shadwell Estates No Risk Al Maury claimed a second sires title in 2021. Already a proven producer of Group 1PA horses such as Barnamaj and Al Shamoos, Mazyoonah and Zayin Zyperion gained him two wins apiece, whilst Alajab, Jadaayil and Wanaasa added to his tally of 7 wins from 26 runs. He has already earned himself the accolade of being to ‘approved mares only’ and after overwhelming support in 2021, his AI nominations book was closed, to re-open in 2022. From the well-established bloodlines of the Haras Du Maury, his pedigree has received a boost this year with the rising success in France of young sire Mister Ginoux. Mister Ginoux is out of No Risk Al Maury’s full sister, Nacree Al Maury, whilst another sibling, Lady Princess, won the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) at Goodwood in August.

In a further boost at the close of the season, the juvenile winner, AJS Hajaj is out of another sister in Nouba Al Maury. AJS Hajaj’s win also bodes well for another Shadwell Arabian resident in AF Al Buraq. The son of Amer is a full brother to AF Albahar, who was runner-up in the 2021 sires table, having also got the dual winners Bayan Athbah and Muneer.

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Arc Weekend Special Arqana PA Sale Preview

The Arqana PA sale is the perfect way to open Arc weekend, with the horses-intraining segment invariably offering the chance to purchase horses with entries over the following days – an instant ‘in’ to the top-class action. This years’ catalogue of 102 horses (after withdrawals), has some top quality offerings, most notably the inclusion of Haras du Victot’s stallion General, as well

as well related young horses, and a fine selection of horses in training. The sale which starts at 2pm on Thursday September 30, opens with the juvenile segment, numbering 52 lots. Lot 16 Ashkhadar, is an Al Moutajez half-brother to past sale toppers, Mont D’Or (2015, €210,00) Maolie (2016 - €260,00), and Kahayla Classic winner, Manark (all by Mahabb).

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Manabb, Lot 19 from the Channel Consignment has another eye-catching page, which could quickly gain an update over the weekend. By Mahabb, out of Nacree Al Maury, he is a half-brother to leading young stallion Mister Ginoux, sire of French Derby winner Hoggar L’Ardus and to Lady Princess (by General), who both line up in the Qatar Arabian World Cup on Sunday. He is also a brother to 2019 sale topper Nahabb (€240,000). Closely related is lot 42, from the Haras du Cadran is Carshabb, a Mahabb colt out of Carsa Ginioux, who is a Dormane daughter of Nacree Al Maury. From the Haras de Saint-Faust is lot 20, Nkila, an Al Mourtajez half-sister to 2018

juvenile sale topper Nalink (€100,000) who was subsequently runner-up in the French Arabian Breeders Challenge Classic (Gr1PA). Their dam Nalika (by Dormane) is a sister to Kahayla Classic winner Nez D’Or, Hatta International winner, Noreen, Al Maktoum Challenge winner Nirwan and Nisaee, dam of Qatar Arabian World Cup winner Mkeefa. From the same family is lot 21, Neptune Al Maury, prepared by Eric Ventrou for Rene Koch’s Haras du Maury. By Jaafer ASF, he is a brother to Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains winner Rajeh. From the same consignment is lot 23 Noe Al Maury, a Mahabb half-brother to Natalma Al Maury, a winner of the French Arabian Breeders Challenge Sprint (Gr2PA).

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Lot 53 second season stallion Rijm (FR)

Strongly represented is Al Mourtajez, with 7 lots, only Dahess (9 lots) has more. After the withdrawal of lot 3, his first offering is lot 15 A Mal from Haras de Mandore is a colt out of Malhaika (by Mahabb). The dam made €95,000 at the 2019 sale, sold (in foal again to Al Mourtajez) to Al Jeyran Stud, this is her second produce, her first was a colt by Nizam. She is a half-sister to Group 1PA winning sprinter Radames (by Kerbella) from the blue-blooded Mandore family of Cherifa. Also closely related is lot 17, Meridian, who is a Dahess half-brother to Malhaikha, from the Haras du Berlais. Prepared by Yann Creff is lot 4 Baghdad, a Dormane colt out of Group 1PA winning mare Ghazwa. He has a Hilal Al Zaman half-brother, the three-year-old, Ghazi Al Zaman, who was a winner in Italy this year.

The star of the breeding stock segment is sure to be lot 54, the 16 year-old stallion General. A dual winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup, and the Malazgirt Trophy, his most notable offspring of recent seasons has been Lady Princess. By Amer out of Al Hanoof he is a brother to the champion mare Al Dahma, dam of the Group 1PA winners, Yazeed and Marid. The other stallion offered is Rijm, who retired to stud at the Haras du Mazet in 2020. A son of Azadi, he won three races including the French Arabian Breeders Challenge Classic – HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Gr1PA) in Toulouse. He is out of the Group 1PA winner Kerjam (by Dormane) who has also produced the Group1PA winner Al Mujahaz (by Hafid du Bac). He is from the family of Parador, Prado, Fadjik and Kerbella.

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Lot 64 Nabucco Al Maury (FR) from HSV Agency

For those interested in Ashkhadar (lot 16), his yearling half-sister Mecca (lot 61) is also catalogued. From the Haras du Berlais, she is by Al Mamum Monlau and comes from the great female line of Mandore. Du Berlais also offer the yearling sister to lot 17, Medrese, who is also by Dahess.

International winner Noreen, from the family of Nez D’Or, Nirwan and Mkeefa, she is a half-sister to the black type placed horses Al Nashmi (by Amer) and Al Hayyem (by Majd Al Arab). She is in foal to Azadi.

One of only two products by Assy in the sale is lot 64, a yearling colt out of Nemosie Al Maury. Nabucco Al Maury is a half-brother to Malazgirt winner No Problem Al Maury (by Dormane) and Nijinksy Al Maury (by Amer) who was a PA Listed winner this year. His dam is a sister to the black type winners and producers, No Risk Al Maury, Nacree Al Maury, Nouba Al Maury and Nevadour Al Maury. Part of the Haras de Thouars draft is the filly Rbaija, lot 65. Out of the Hatta

Lot 64 Rbaija (FR)

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The Horse in Training segment opens with a number of Endurance horses, however as always there are a number of notable wild cards, not least two from Shadwell Estates with entries at the weekend. Lot 85 Moshrif, is a Dahess half-brother to Group 1AP winners and now stallions, Muraaqib and Barnamaj, who won the Prix Djourman on his last start at La Teste. They also send the filly Hooreya, lot 90, an AF Albahar filly who won on her debut over 1200m and was subsequently placed over 1400m.

Currently in training with Thomas Fourcy is lot 99, Al Garbiyah, placed fourth on her only start this season. By Nizam out of Sarahmina, she is closely related to UK Derby winner Abbes. The Haras Du Grand Courgeon offers an unraced half-sister to their recently retired TM Thunderstruck in lot112 Bonnatella. By AF Albahar she has a strong American damline that has produced 17-time winner and graded producer, Dixie Darlene.

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Arc Weekend Special Group 1PA Preview

Saint-Cloud Friday October 1

Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches

The two Group 1 PA races for juveniles are the perfect way to follow on from the sale at Saint-Cloud. Often, as is the case this year, horses are declared with entries in the race, though they do not always take up their engagements. Year after year both races produce quality performers who continue to perform at the highest level over many seasons, not just the winners, but the placed horses, and those who may have had no luck in running. Ebraz and Mon’nia are two such stars that failed to shine, but have gone on to be racehorses of the highest calibre.

The second race on the card, is the threeyear-old fillies race over 2000m. This year nine runners have been declared, looking to join the roll call of multiple black-type winners such as Djainka Des Forges (2012), Loraa (2013), Mabrooka (2015) and Lady Princess (2019). Terre D’Or is a Group3PA winner, who beat Image Du Croate, and Sahab, though subsequently finished behind Sahab (third) when sixth in the Group 2PA French Arabian Breeders Challenge – Pouliches this month.

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Also reopposing from that race at La Teste is the second, Al Wakrah, who has also been Group 2 placed against colts, Majoie Des Forges (fourth), Image Du Croate (fifth) and Heelywa (seventh). Making her debut in pattern company is Monda, a winner and placed in two starts, like sale wild card entry Hooreya. The sole overseas challenger is Love Awam, an unbeaten filly from Poland, trained by Conny Fraisal for Khalifa bin Shaeil Al Kuwari. By Al Mamum Monlau out of a Jaafer ASF mare, this is her first foray into France and pattern company.

Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains The following race is for the colts, also over 2000m, as are all the Group 1PA races over the weekend. Past winners of this contest include Kahayla Classic winner Al Mamum Monlau (2011), Arabian World Cup winner Mushrae (2012) and seven-time Group 1PA winner, Muraaqib (2015). Eleven colts have been declared, including Samlla winner of the Group 1PA Al Rayyan Cup (Prix Kesberoy) at Deauville. He faces Hakeem (second), who he also beat in the Group 2PA Qatar Coupe des France over a mile at Chantilly. Aajel was fourth behind Samlla at Deauville, whilst Salwa was Group 3PA placed at la Teste in the Prix Tidjani.

Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments The eleven fillies declared are headed by the 2020 Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches winner Alawsj, along with those who filled the places behind her, Jalela, Teema, Elaf and the sixth placed Guiness D’Vialettes. However, Alawsj has disappointed in both her starts this year, whilst Jalela won the Sheikh Mansoor Festival-Prix Nefta (Gr2PA) on her reappearance beating Elaf, as well as Zarra Star and Alkedri, who may also be declared for the Juments. Jalela also won the 2020 Prix Nevada (Gr3PA), beating Guiness D’Vialettes, with Havane De L’Ardus in fourth. Alkedri won the 2020 French Arabian Breeders Challenge – Pouliches (Teema third, Jalela, fourth), as well as the Prix Damas (Gr3PA), against older horses this season. However this will be her first outing since finishing runner-up in the Prix De L’Elevage in May, in which Ellie Du Paon was fourth, Zarra Star fifth and Jalela was a disappointing last of eight. Elaf also has winning black-type form, having won the Prix Nevada in August from Teema, Jalela, Zarra Star, Petite Leia and Ellie Du Paon, with Alawsj coming home in eighth. If declared Rysk Tout will be stepping up to pattern company for the first time.

The Group 2PA French Arabian Breeders Challenge – Poulains is also likely to be a key supplier of form with the winner Hargan, second, RB Yas Sir, fourth, Maguroor and seventh Drop Al Maury all taking their chances. Althagab, Itchy De Nacre and sales wild card entry Moshrif, all are making their pattern debuts.

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Qatar Arabian World Cup The weekend highlight for Arabian racing followers has 15 declared, with only Snan not participating. It includes the first three home from 2020, Tayf, Messi and Ebraz, and whilst Tayf and 2019 winner Ebraz, look sure to be in the mix again, Messi has not had the stella season he had last year and looks the outsider of those three. Tayf has shown that he is not to be overlooked when the ground turns soft, having twice got the better of old rival Ebraz on testing ground in Europe, as in the race last year and also in the Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood in 2017. Ebraz should be match fit following his win in the Qatar Prix Dragon over course and distance three weeks ago, but it is a race that his trainer Julian Smart

knows can take the edge of World Cup challengers, so it was not entirely surprising to see him win by such a narrow margin, as he will have been prepared to peak in October. With those proven Group 1PA performers moving into the veteran stage, whilst they must be treated with respect, there are fresh legs looking to take the old guards’ crown. Not least is the diminutive Lady Princess, impressive in the heavy ground over course and distance in the Juments last year, she has shown she can mix it with the best of the older generation, as when beating both Ebraz and Tayf in this years’ Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood. She is aiming to be the first mare since Djainka Des Forges in 2014 to win France’s premier race for Arabians.

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Ebraz (GB) and Tadgh O'Shea

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UAE President Cup - UK Derby winner Abbes (FR) and Olivier Peslier

There are also three four-year-olds colts, looking to build in their recent Group 1PA successes in Abbes, Hoggar De L’Ardus and Soko. The first two are Derby winners, in the UK and France respectively, whilst Soko put in a very taking performance against all ages to win the Doha Cup (Prix Manganate) at Deauville in August. Hoggar De L’Ardus was third that day, with Khataab fourth, Rodess Du Loup sixth, and Maxr ninth. Nalink is yet to claim a black type victory and nor has Mounjared Al Cham, though they have all been placed in Group races, whilst Nalink, Melabi and Rodess Du Loup all finished behind Ebraz in the Prix Dragon. Khateer Al Khalediah has won two minor PA Listed contests and sole Polish challenger Amwaj Al Khalediah is a Group3PA winner in her home country.

Rodess Du Loup (FR)

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The Final Furlong Late August 2018, the recently weaned colt, Moshrif had arrived at Shadwell Stud from France. By Dahess, he is the seventh registered foal out of the Bengali D'Abret mare, Tashreefat, making him a halfbrother to the Group 1PA winners Muraaqib (Munjiz), Barnamaj (No Risk Al Maury) and the Listed PA winner Ajaayib (Mahabb). In his debut over 2300m at Dax this

August, he finished sixth, however on his second start at La Teste, just ten days later over 1900m, he stayed on between horses to win the Prix Djourman, beating the Group 3PA placed Salwa. Following the announcement of the revision of the Shadwell Estates owned horses, he is a surprise wildcard entry in the 2021 Arqana PA Sale as lot 85.

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