After Newbury’s Sept 21, Wathba Stud Farm Cup which gave Sophia (Kerbella x Solange) the win followed by Awaafi for second then third Shadiya in an eleven horse field, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is staging its final fixture of the season at Hereford Racecourse Saturday, 28 September. This fixture is the last of six Arabian race meetings to be held at the course this year, which reopened especially to accommodate Arabian racing, thanks largely to the support of the H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.
The card features several exciting contests, including the final race of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series to be held in the UK this year and the Silver and Gold series finals sponsored by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club.
Throughout 2013, the UK will have hosted a total of 13 races under the banner of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival, 10 at Hereford Racecourse and three at The Racecourse Newbury.
Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club is another important sponsor of the ARO racing calendar, having generously supported 15 races across the season. The portfolio includes a 13 race series which culminates in the running of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Handicap Stakes Silver and Gold series finals, the feature races at Saturday’s fixture.
Amanda Smith, ARO Racing Manager said, “We have been delighted with the ARO season this year, which has been highlighted by the holding of the Group 1 Purebred Arabian race on the St Leger card at Doncaster recently. We are extremely grateful to the support of HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and to Arena Racing Company for allowing us to stage our meetings at Hereford this year, which has proven to be an excellent venue to showcase our sport.”
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1.30: WATHBA STUD FARM CUP MAIDEN STAKES
2.00: ROYAL CAVALRY OF OMAN HANDICAP STAKES
2.30: QREC HANDICAP STAKES
3.00: QATAR RACING AND EQUESTRIAN CLUB HANDICAP STAKES (SILVER FINAL)
3.30: ROYAL CAVALRY OF OMAN CONDITION STAKES
4.00: QATAR RACING AND EQUESTRIAN CLUB HANDICAP STAKES (GOLD FINAL)
4.30: ARO OPEN RACE CHAMPIONSHIP
Further information: Amanda Smith, Arabian Racing Organisation, +44 (0) 1635 524445