July 20 United Kingdom~Arabian Racing, now in its 31st year, is one of the fastest growing amateur equestrian sports in the UK with the first Arabian race held at Hawthorn Hill in 1978. The sport has developed into one of the few equestrian sports that caters to the true amateur who owns, trains and rides their Arabian as well as the professional who aims for Group and Premier Handicap success.
The Arabian Racing Organisation was founded in 1999, and in 2003 became the sole organizer for Arabian Racing in the UK . The program is now run under the British Horseracing Authority Regulations for Arabian Racing.
The biggest day in the Arabian Racing calendar continues to be Dubai International Arabian Race Day which saw a record crowd of over 16,500 attend at Newbury Racecourse in August 2007. The July 17, 2011 meeting, the Arabian equivalent of Royal Ascot, boasts 4 Group races – The Dubai International Stakes (Group 1 PA), The Hatta International Stakes (Group 1 PA, Mares Championship), The Zaabeel International Stakes (Group 1 PA, Sprint Championship) and The Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes (Group 2 PA, for Juveniles – 3yr olds only). In addition there are three more highly competitive and valuable handicaps plus The Private Banking From Emirates NBD International Conditions, introduced in 2010. In total £129,000 (207,960USD) of prize money is on offer at this one meeting. In addition, admission is FREE for all to attend with prizes & gifts to Racegoers generously supplied by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, long time patron of Arabian Racing in the UK .
2011 Top Money Earning Horses in the UK (in Pounds Sterling):
NO RISK AL MAURY (FR) £25,000
ASRAA MIN ALBARQ £21,500
THEORETICALLY ( USA ) £15,920
SANAGHAM (FR) £9,000
USIMIR DE MONTEGUT £7,500
EL ADJBAN £6,700
SYRAH GRIS £6,090
EUSTRAL (FR) £5,393
Arabian Racing Organization ARO Ltd
The Racecourse Newbury Berkshire
Tel: 0044 (0)1635 524445
Fax: 0044 (0)1635 230200