Monthly Archives: June 2017

Mith’haf Athba Tastes Another Success in DIAR Prep Race

29 June 2017, UK ~ Athbah Stud’s home-bred colt Mith’haf Athbah (Amer) made it two wins in two weeks when coming home a clear winner in the Dubai International Arabian Races at Newbury, 30th July International Stakes at Newbury Race course on 29 June 2017. The five year old grey, ridden by Adam Beschizza and…

Sardinia, Italy, Stages Endurance Festival

Endurance Festival on island of Sardinia29 June 2017, Sardinia, Italy ~ A 5-member UAE ladies team will be competing in one of the four rides that will be staged in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sardinia Endurance Festival which takes place from 30 June – 2 July at the scenic Horse Country…

UK Final DIAR Prep Race at Newbury Attracts Top Runners

28 June 2017, UK ~ The excitement is building as the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) announced the ten declarations received for the Dubai International Arabian Races at Newbury, 30th July International Stakes to be run at Newbury this Thursday, 29 June 2017. Aghsaan, winner of the ARO Cup Group 3 PA at Newbury, heads the…

Rohaut and Höiom Double Up in Sweden

27 June 2017, Sweden ~ Bro Park racecourse in Sweden was the destination for the latest round of DIAR prep races on Tuesday evening, with the François Rohaut-trained SHA’HIR landing the feature Group 3 PA DIAR Stockholm Arabian Cup. The athletic son of Amer was ridden close to the pace by Mickael Forest and readily…

Owen’s Homebred Conquers at Chepstow

Conquer and Joanna Mason

After this great start it’s on to DIAR day27 June 2017, UK ~ Hot on the heels of Jenny and Herbie Owen’s first homebred success with Insignia at Wolverhampton, his half-brother Conquer kept his head in front where it mattered in the Hope Farm (0-70) Handicap at Chepstow on Monday, 26 June. Both horses are…

2017 HARC USA Tentative Race Schedule Released

Money won regardless of placing with non HARC-nominated horses26 June 2017, Solvang, California, USA ~ The Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) is entering its second year of HARC races in the United States with bonus money increases. Four HARC races are in the works for the states of California, Michigan, Texas and Delaware. Each race…

Joudh Wins Gr 1 Coupe de France at Chantilly


Mahabb youngster shows her talents25 June 2017, France ~ On Friday, 23 June 2017, Joudh (Mahabb x Shamayl (KESBEROY) made her third win in a row, leading home in the €50,000 Gr 1 Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes at Chantilly racecourse. Going in as the favorite for the 1600m ride, the filly made…

HARC Newcomers Get Ready to Race

Heritage Arabian Racing embraced19 June 2017, UAE ~ The Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) is growing at a good pace and now has 19 country members with the latest countries being accepted from Spain, Italy, Romania & Uruguay. One of HARC’s main aims is to protect pure bloodlines and the Spanish blood is no exception.…

First Leg of Doha Triple Crown Entries Solid for Goodwood

22 June 2017, UK ~ A high class list of entries was released by the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) for the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA), the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown, to be run as part of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on 2 August. Entries include several classy-four-year-olds – Ebraz, winner of this…

DIAR Prep Race Final 29 July, at Newbury

21 June 2017, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) has announced fifteen entries for the final Dubai International Arabian Races(DIAR) UK Prep Race which will run at Newbury on Thursday, 29 June, 2017. The mile and a quarter contest supports the feature event of DIAR, The Shadwell Dubai International Stakes Gr1PA, won by some…

HARC Homebred Wins Maiden at Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton supports eight Arabian races for the day19 June 2017, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation’s (ARO) third full fixture of the UK Arabian season run at Wolverhampton on Saturday, 17 June 2017, included a win by Insignia, a first homebred winner for the Owen family in the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) maiden. Ridden…

Arabian Racing Sees Double at Wolverhampton

19 June 2017, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation’s (ARO) third full fixture of the UK Arabian season at Wolverhampton on Saturday, 17 June 2017, saw doubles for trainers James Owen and Phil Collington, as well as jockeys Simon Walker and Will Pettis. Owen also had four seconds which puts him ahead of Phil Collington…

Learning the Racing Game – Join a Racing Syndicate

2014 Darley Award

Get behind the scenes at the races by being an owner 12 June 2017, USA ~There’s a new game in town – Goldensands Racing. Racing partnerships or syndicates are not new to horse racing. In fact, they are one of the oldest methods of taking part in the Sport of Kings. There is much to…

Dubai International Arabian Races Entires Increase At First Closing Stage

Khattaf Athbah

15 June 2017, UK ~The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) announced an increase in numbers on 2016 figures for the five international contests on the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) card when the first entry stage passed at noon on 14 June 2017. DIAR promotes Purebred Arabian racing worldwide from the grass-roots to the highest level,…

Anfaas Tastes Victory at Newbury DIAR Race


Run up to DIAR day 30 July14 June 2017, Newbury, UK ~ Anfaas (No Risk Al Maury) ridden by Timmy Murphy for Trainer Phil Collington and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum came with a late run to snatch victory on the line in the Dubai International Arabian Races International Stakes run at Newbury…

Difaa Scores at Chepstow DIAR Prep Race

Difaa & Will Pettis

Difaa wins Arabian Races (DIAR) Premier Handicap10 June 2017, Chepstow, UK ~ Following their success last Saturday at Doncaster, amateur jockey Will Pettis and trainer Phil Collington took Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) Premier Handicap with Difaa, owned by leading British Endurance rider Nicola Thorne. Coming with a late run the pair pulled almost two…

Deckers 1-2 in Belgian Wathba Stallions Cup

Supporting Arabian racing from the beginning 10 June 2017, Ghlin, Belgium ~ Owner-trainer Peter Deckers registered a brilliant 1-2 finish in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup race held at the Hippodrome de Wallonie-Ghlin in Belgium on 15 May 2017. Once again it was…

Macallan and Hurra Top Stockholm Races

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival adds exciting HH Sheikha Lateefa ponies race7 June 2017, Stockholm, Sweden ~ Macallan, one of the equine stars of Sweden, showed his class with a fantastic win in front of a record crowd converged at Gardet National Park for Sweden’s National Day. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup For several…

Italian Coccia, Hungarian Bihari win HH Sheikha Fatima races in Rome


Metrag runs away with Zayed Cup5 June 2017, Rome, Italy ~ Metrag showed a solid run in the 4 June 2017 Listed Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup while Italian Guilia Coccia and Hungarian Alexandria Bihari booked their berths in the finals of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies and Apprentice World Championships…

Saleemah Stays the Distance in the Royal Cavalry of Oman PREMIER HANDICAP

Saleemah edges out Aurora Forta4 June 2017, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) enjoyed a warm welcome at Doncaster on 3 June for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Premier Handicap won by Saleemah, ridden by Will Pettis, and in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Trained by Phil Collington, the…

A Moment In Time – with Jean-Pierre Deroubaix

Working with Iran for Stud Book Organization, Jockey Club and Animal Health Standards

1 June 2017, USA ~ We found French Bloodstock Agent and equestrian activist, Jean-Pierre Deroubaix, in Marrakesh, Morocco, just after his return from Iraq and Iran where he is helping to kick-start a new racecourse, a new Equestrian Center, and a new Jockey Club.

View/listen to the video. Full text below:

JPD: “Before Iran I went to Iraq, north in Kurdistan to the city of Erbil, not far from Mosul, about 75 km/ 100 miles from the conflict and war.[1] The Kurdistan people are fanatic about horses. Due to the war next door, a lot of horses went to Erbil to find a peaceful place.

“Last weekend we organized an Arabian beauty show in Erbil. Horses came from US, Europe, the Emirates. It is a one way trip as horses can only be imported, not exported.[2]

“We have just finished a new racetrack and we start the racing season in September. We also have other equestrian sports. Already we have organized with the FEI 2 jumping shows. About 20 horses came from different countries and we stayed in Erbil with local people. There were 12 riders who came from different countries to ride the horses. This was 18-19 May.[3]

“Then I went to Tehran, Iran. They have never stopped racing in Tehran, even during the time of Ayatollah Khomeini the race track was open. The big surprise was betting; they never stopped betting. They have Pari mutual betting, the same as we have in France. The betting money injected by bettors goes back to winners, breeders and owners. This way they can accept betting.[4]

“The idea is to separate the racing and the equestrian sport.They asked me to create a jockey club for Iran. I went there with Dr.Anthony Kettle, head of the Veterinary Department of the Dubai Racing Club, and Dr.Roland Devolz, Veterinary advisor of the International Federation of Horse Racing (IFHA) Authorities. One will be in charge of the Stud book and the other will be in charge of racing.”

After the above interview we updated Jean-Pierre’s news. To organize the Stud Books, to create a Jockey Club and to assure the control of animal diseases have been approved.

JPD: “My contract targets are:
– to create the Jockey Club of Iran, to write the new rules of racing and to have Iran becoming a member of the International Federations.
– to check the different stud books (registration of all the “equidae” in Iran)
– to check how Iran controls animal diseases
– to register all the owners, breeders of the existing horses (racehorses, showjumping and any other Equestrian Sport activities)
– to allow, one day, International Competitions, inside Iran
– to allow Iranian horses to participate to competitions outside of Iran

“We are talking about all different breeds: Thoroughbred horses, Pure Arabian, Anglo Arabians, Turkmen horses. The job will be to list the number of existing horses of each breed and those to be used as racehorses.

“They have already a good team in charge of the different stud books. Sheri Aslani is in charge of the Pure Arabian stud book and the Iranian Arabian Stud Book is a member of WAHO, so the horses are registered.

“In regards to the Stud Books and horse racing, this is why I visited Iran with Dr. Devolz, the veterinary advisor of IFHA. We also work closely with IFAHR, in charge of the Pure Arabian Racehorses. Dr. Devolz will check to be certain that the Stud Books are published properly, if all horses have a microchip, and where the horses are located, etc.

“Dr Anthony Kettle is in charge of the International movement of horses – import/export regulation. Both Dr Devolz and Dr Kettle already inspected with me the Ministry of Agriculture, the Veterinary Department and the local authorities in charge of controlling animal diseases. Iran is a member of the OIE (in charge of controlling the animal diseases all around the world).[5]

“We also went to inspect the Equestrian Federation and the main horse riding schools. My next trip will be to visit all od the main breeders (some have already been visited), the main training centers and the main racetracks (five), all around the country.

“Betting: It is allowed to bet on horse racing in Iran since the 1980’s and it was never prohibited by the local leaders. Betting in Iran is a kind of French Pari mutuel, like the Hong Kong Jockey Cub; a non-profit organization. The money invested by the punters is given back to the winners, less a percentage to pay for the organization (Jockey Club), the cost of the betting system, prize money given to owners and breeders, less a tax to pay for the construction of others sports sport facilities or hospital, mosques etc. Part of the money injected by the punters goes back to the system and creates employment. No bookmakers, no private people can organize betting.”

Iranian Breeder Shery Aslani said: “We will be beginning our races in Tehran (June 8) and I am happy that Jean Pierre will be helping us. I saw him also in Erbil.”

[1]Iraq has been a centre of Arabian horse breeding since the 18th century, Dr. Mohammed Al Nujaifi speaks of his family’s Arabian farm and properties near Mosul, now taken over by insurgents:  (
[2]Horse Show in Kurdistan:
[3]The first horse race on international standards was held in Erbil, Iraq, on 9 March 2017: Horse Beauty
[4]Parimutuel betting (from the French language) Pari Mutuel or mutual betting is a betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool; taxes and the”house-take” or “vigorish” are removed, and payoff are calculated by sharing the pool among all winning bets. In some countries it is known as the Tote after totalizator.
[5] World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) – The main objective of the OIE is to control epizootic diseases and thus to prevent their spread.[3] It is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2014 had a total of 180 member states. website:

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Festival Back at Rome’s Capannelle

Rome 2016

Three Festival-backed races Sunday3 June 2017, Rome, Italy ~ After the tremendous success of 2016 when the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference and also made a debut with its premier flat racing events, the spotlight will once again be on…

South Africa’s Sondela Nature Reserve Holds Boudheib Initiative-based Endurance

Two days of Endurance with views of giraffe and kudu2 June 2017, UK ~ The first in the 2017 series of 7 international Boudheib Initiative endurance events took place in South Africa last weekend, 26 – 28th May, on the beautiful Sondela Nature Reserve in the Limpopo Province. The event, organised by the PwC Sondela…

Ganj Beik Wins First HARC Race in Yazd, Iran

Ganj Beik with jockey Abolfazi Dehghan

2 June 2017, USA ~ The first Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) race in Yazd, Iran, held on 5 May 2017, was won by 7 year-old straight Iranian Arabian, Ganj Beik (Shahdad Mir Yazd x Yaghot Lorestan by Kohilan TopTopi), owned by M. Reza Ghaneie in a field of 11 horses. The 1400m race was held on an organized dirt track in Yazd, in the middle of Iran. Second in was Gordan Arab, followed by Midas Ghiassi.

The video is an excellent and well prepared showcase of an Iranian race.

Abu Dhabi’s HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the patron of HARC racing worldwide. Sheri Amir Aslani, Iran’s HARC representative said:
I divided the money from HH Sheikh Sultan into four races. The purse money for each is $3000 and there will be two races in Tehran. Racing in Tehran begins the second week in June and goes for 20 weeks for Arabians. Terhran also has Thoroughbred races.”

Editors note:
*At 1216m over sea level In the center of Iran, Yazd is located 270 km (170 mi) southeast of Esfahan and has a history of over 5,000 years dating back to the time of the Median empire. Because of its remote desert location and the difficulty of access, Yazd remained largely immune to large battles and the destruction and ravages of war. It was a haven for those fleeing from destruction in other parts of Persian Empire during the Mongol invasion. In 1272 it was visited by Marco Polo, who remarked on the city’s fine silk-weaving industry.
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Owen Dominates DIAR Prep Race Series at Chelmsford City

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum-bred horses take top positions1 June 2017, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) opened the first two races of the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) Prep Race Series at Chelmsford City Racecourse on the first day in June. The two races support the Hatta International Stakes (for Fillies…