Back to Back Wins for Al-Hatab

Al-Hatab and Mohammed Tabti win the (0-55) handicap at Lingfield Park © John Hoy

Al-Hatab made it back-to-back wins this afternoon at Lingfield Park when winning the £4,000 (0-55) handicap over a mile and five furlongs, ridden by Mohammed Tabti. The pair pulled clear to win by a decisive four lengths, from Aloof ridden by amateur Lewis Saunders, who finished six lengths ahead of Heritage Valentino and fellow amateur, Jamie Gambin. This was also the second win on the five-year-old for Tabti who commented, “He jumped well from the stalls, we had a good lead. He was nice and settled, going really well and when…

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A Competitive Arabian Field Head to Haydock on Saturday

Completing the field is the Delyth Thomas owned and trained Paramer Angel. Racing haydock news piece

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) have announced a competitive field ahead of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup Group 3PA to be run over a mile at Haydock Park on Saturday 9 September. Thaydah Athbah and Upstart Crow, who are both unbeaten this season, will put their spotless records on the line in the £20,000 race, both are trained in Newmarket by trainers with several ARO titles under their belts. Thaydah Athbah was the pick of three entries from current leading ARO owner, Athbah Racing and is trained by two-time ARO leading trainer and…

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Al Ghadeer wins Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood

HH Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani with Al Ghadeer, Christophe Soumillon, Yvana Lacoste and Francois Rohaut after winning the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) at Goodwood © Debbie Burt

Four-year-old european champion, Al Ghadeer continued his unbeaten run in Group 1PA races with a three and a quarter length win from First Classs, with Samlla a further half-length away in third at Goodwood today. The colt, trained like Samlla by Francois Rohaut, provided a second win in the event for Al Shaqab Racing who also won with the colt’s sire, Al Mourtajez in 2016. Partnered by Christophe Soumillon, he becomes the first of his age group to win the mile contest, which at £400,000 is the most valuable over that distance…

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Unstoppable Upstart Crow Wins Again

Upstart Crow and Miss Teagan Padgett win the (0-75) Handicap at Chepstow © Debbie Burt - Equine Creative Media

Unstoppable Upstart Crow Wins Again in the Handicap Stakes at Chepstow Upstart Crow and Miss Teagan Padgett continued their unbeaten run this year, winning by a head in the Wathba Stallions (0-75) Handicap at Chepstow over a mile on Friday evening. Securing their fourth victory in as many starts, the six-year-old kept stablemates Jaahez, ridden by Miss Rhea Betts at bay, with Mayfair and Rhiain Ingram a further two and three-quarters of a length away in third. This gave trainer James Owen a second one-two-three training performance of the current ARO season.…

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Upstart Crow bids for hat-trick at Brighton

Upstart Crow ridden by owners' daughter Lissie Reeves at exercise in Newmarket last month © Debbie Burt

The Emirates Breeders (0-65) Handicap at Brighton on Tuesday 11 July sees Linda Reeves’s Upstart Crow bids for a hat-trick. Up against seven other runners, the six-year-old gelding and his regular partner, amateur Teagan Padgett, are likely to face the strongest challenge from stablemates, Jaahez, Mayfair and Heritage Valentino. All four are trained by James Owen, previously a five-time ARO leading trainer, who took out his full BHA licence last year and is now gaining success under rules with his thoroughbreds. Owen, who has also been a leading point-to-point rider and ridden…

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Arabian Racing Returns to Chester for IFAHR Trophy

A bay horse, AJS Saaeq wins the Qatar International Cup (Gr1PA) at this year's HH The Amir Sword Festival in Qatar - racing on grass with a red star and white colour jockey © Debbie Burt

Arabian Racing will return to Chester on Saturday, 1 July, after a near 20-year break with the inaugural running of the Group 2PA International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR) Trophy, the Arabian Racing Organisation has announced. Under its previous title of the Za’abeel International and latterly the Royal Cavalry of Oman International, the six-furlong contest has a long history of confirming top class sprinters and boasts a prize fund of £25,000. Heading the list of nine entries is AJS Saaeq from Qatar. The five-year-old won the Qatar International Cup (Gr1PA) over a…

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Thaydah Athbah a clear winner of the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice at Royal Windsor

Thaydah Athbah and Tadhg O'Shea win the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice Stakes at Royal Windsor © Debbie Burt - Equine Creative Media

Thaydah Athbah and Tadhg O’Shea put in an impressive performance to win the Wathba Stallion Cup Novice Stakes by nine and a half lengths at Royal Windsor on Monday evening (26/6/23). The four-year-old filly was recording her second career win for Phil Collington and Athbah Racing, coasting home ahead of Victoria and Callum Hutchinson, with Coljani partnered by Mohammed Tabti in third. O’Shea commented, She’s a very nice filly, I said to Phil it would have taken a very good filly to beat her tonight, she was ultra-impressive. She’s big,…

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More Derby Possibles at Windsor for the Wathba Stallions Cup

Grey horse Thakeera Al Shahania racing on grass with jockey at

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcome a field of eight to their first visit to Royal Windsor this season for the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice Stakes to be run over a mile on Monday, June 26th. Most runners are young unexposed types, with two of the four horses in their classic season looking to be live UK Arabian Derby possibles later in the year. This is the second of eight races sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, which also includes the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA), which has a prize fund…

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Top Class Entries Announced for Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood

Lady Princess and Jim Crowley win the 2022 Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) at the Qatar Goodwood Festival © Debbie Burt

The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) welcomed 14 entries for the Qatar International Stakes, a Group 1PA run over a mile as part of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Wednesday, 2 August. The £400,000 race is the most valuable Arabian race in the UK and the most valuable race over a mile for Arabians in Europe. The race has seen many of the highest-rated Arabians in the world compete and win, such as Al Mourtajez, Muraaqib, Tayf, dual winner Ebraz and the returning Lady Princess, who is seeking a hattrick in the…

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Upstart Crow Scores again at Bath

Miss Teagan Padgett, Upstart Crow, Lissie Reeves and Jenny Owen, winners of the

Upstart Crow Scores again at Bath in the Handicap It was a second win in as many weeks for Upstart Crow and Miss Teagan Padgett, who led home a one-two-three for the James Owen team at Bath on Friday evening in the (0-60) Handicap over a mile. Mayfair and Miss Rhea Betts were filling in the places, with Heritage Vadel and Sean Levey just behind. This was the first of eight races sponsored under the banner of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, which also includes the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA), which…

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