June 6 Newbury ~Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, The Wathba Stud Farm Cup Breeders Stakes leads the card this Thursday at Newbury Racecourse from 1.30pm (GMT).
This is the first race of its kind to take place in the UK dedicated to private owners & breeders with less than 5 producing broodmares. Seven entries were received this morning, with final declarations set to close at 11am tomorrow.
Racing Manager, Antonia Newman, commented: “We are pleased with the support for this race despite what appears to be a low number of entries. All 7 horses entered in the race have been bred by a different UK breeder; evidence that, despite the dominance of larger Arabian studs, there is still a diverse population of locally bred British racehorses.”
Local breeders represented in the race entries include:-
Mrs Liz Harrington, previously the head of a large breeding operation at Cockwell Grange near Bath. Liz Harrington bred many horses on behalf of HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum from the 1980’s onwards.
Ms Jane Haddock, a private breeder based in Wiltshire who has bred Arabians for racing since the sport’s inception in 1978. Jane has enjoyed recent success with her homebred top class mare, Nokomys, who has been the best of her sex in the UK for some time. She has Ambrose, full brother to Nokomys, entered for the Wathba Stud Breeders Stakes this Thursday.
Primarily an Arabian trainer, Ms Georgina Ward has trained independently in the UK since 1999. She later trained for Al Shahania Stud and has Pinkie Tuscadero in Thursday’s line up.
Mr & Mrs H Bancroft bred many Arabian racehorses at their stud, Water Farm Arabians, in Raydon near Ipswich. They imported horses from a variety of different bloodlines and whilst not longer in operation in the UK, many of their horses can still be seen at the racetrack today.
Mr Paul Simmons established Zayin Arabian Stud in 1998. He continues to breed Arabians for racing & endurance and runs his homebred mare Samauring Zayin in his own colours on Thursday.
Mrs Jo Kippen first began breeding Arabians for the show ring almost 30 years ago. The Kippen family soon developed a passion for racing and now breed from an exclusive number of mares from their base at Bury-St-Edmunds near Newmarket.
The Wathba Farm Cup Breeders Stakes is a welcome addition to the UK calendar and forms part of a series of 21 races organised worldwide by The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The aim is to encourage local and UAE breeding of Arabian horses whilst simultaneously promoting Arabian racing around the globe.
Representatives from the Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Festival will be in attendance at the racecourse on Thursday, and the UAE Ambassador for the UK will present the prize. The race will be shown live on Racing UK. AD Sports TV will also be in attendance.
Track Information: Newbury racecourse in Berkshire is conveniently situated in the centre of Southern England, just minutes from Junction 13 of the M4 and easily accessible from the M3 as well. The course is clearly signposted from the M4 and from the A34 south of Newbury. When you arrive, there is ample free parking.