16 September 2018, Chelmsford City Racecourse, UK ~ The Chelmsford City Racecourse team met ARO on 16 September 2018, with their usual fantastic welcome for a fourth return, this time celebrating the 2018 season finale. The James Owen Stable was also back in flying form with a haul of 4 winners from the 7 race card that was generously sponsored by Totesport, RaceTech and Forta Stud.
There was a field of 10 for the first race, the Follow RaceTech on Twitter @RaceTechUK Open Maiden Stakes with favorite Farhaa ( Al Saoudi x Maiziane) giving James Owen his 50th Arabian winner for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Istiqraar second, Jawdah, third and Kareemah was fourth.
The second race, Careers at RaceTech at www.racetech.co.uk Copper Final Handicap Stakes saw a return to form for favourite Mulan. The Sambist 6-yr old clearly relishing the step up in trip. The family owned, trained and ridden mare, already a winner at the track, came back with another emotional performance for delighted jockey, Kaitlen Robinson following a very close battle for the line with eventual second Paulownia under Rob Wollard for Owners the BXPS Partners. Southpaw was third for owner trainer Adam Newey.
Following the presentation, sponsors Racetech were so taken by Kaitlens story that they made the race name even more poignant offering the excited jockey, who is still a student, the opportunity to visit them and see how their business operations work. From the delivery of the technical aspects of a race day, the stalls and broadcast to camera operations – something that reflects Kaitlen’s other passion; photography, a gesture bringing true meaning to our young ARO jockey who is passionate about her racing. RaceTech have partnered ARO with stalls and race day operations for many years. This meeting was RaceTech’s first foray into sponsorship with ARO and their generosity was very much appreciated by all.
The Forta Stud Mares and Fillies Stakes saw sponsor and owner Forta Stud’s Shammat Al Hosn string out the field under David Turner. As they turned for home with Mazyoonah underJoanna Mason and Naishannunder Simon Walker hot on her heels. Mason picked up the pace with a run down the centre drawing clear from Naishaan for her second win. HH Sheikh Hamdan received the first four places. It was a second win for the Owen team with stable companion Naishaan in second place. Jameelah was third under Charlie Jordan Price for trainer Phil Collington.
Totesport supports UK Arabian Racing Bronze Final Handicap Stakes was the fourth race and the aptly named Noble Athlete (2002 -Dorwan Du Cayrou), more than twice the age of many he was meeting in the race, put in another remarkable performance that demonstrated the capabilities of trainer Delyth Thomas. Setting the pace under Charlie Jordan Price who harried and cajoled his game partner along from some way out, he let no one get past him on the day and proved a convincing length and three-quarters winner at the line. Johara Bint Shuwaiman having put in a sterling effort under Ellie McKenzie for trainer Nikki Malcolm finishing a gallant second for owner HH Sheikha Maryam Bint M Al Maktoum and the consistent Zayin Zamurai a nose further back in third for owners Niccola Buchan and Sarah Innes and trainer Adam Newey.
The fifth race, Totesport leads the future for UK Arabian Racing Silver Final Handicap Stakes 0-65 was yet another race on the day for James Owen and owner HH Sheikh Hamdan. Vindetta, last seen out when winning at Chepstow in August, set the early pace under James Harding with course regular Callymay. They led the closely packed field into the straight, stalked all the while by Muhaajer (Madjani) and Simon Walker who challenged down the centre of the track. Once in front he had to be ridden right out to hold on for a three and three quarter length victory over the consistent Anthony Holdsworth-trained Popsstar under Serena Brotherton, whilst Callymay held on for third in a private battle with Vindetta.
Sponsors RaceTech were back in the action for the penultimate race the RaceTech the technical partner of choice for UK racing Gold Final Handicap Stakes 0-75 that saw the James Owen taking the spoils again with Delishess for owners Delishess Bloodstock and jockey Simon walker, in doing so she bookended the ARO season by winning on the first day of the 2018 season and on the final full Arabian meeting. Thamaraat was second for the Collington team and Delyth Thomas was back in the winner’s enclosure again for third with Paramer Angel.
They say you save the best for last but this time the delays were not quite so popular for jockey Ria Tillet who had the misfortune to break her ankle after the sixth race, leaving for hospital her concerned partner jockey Will Pettis was obviously under pressure and as the delayed race started he set out to deliver and did exactly that with a great win on Saleemah in the Totesport the pulse of UK Arabian Racing Platinum Final Handicap Stakes 0-90 A welcome win on the day for team Collington and a cheering end after some of the earlier trauma. Another win for HH Sheikh Hamdan with the heartily contested placings going to Al Kaaser second ridden by Joanna Mason for James Owen, and third place to Hau Kola making his debut for Yucel Mehmet under James Harding.
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