Jockey Club de São Paulo hosts HARC Championships at Cidade Jardim
22 November 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil ~ With the sponsorship of Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC), the 2016 racing season in Brazil ended Saturday, 19 November, at the Jockey Club de São Paulo, with two classic races that decided National Championships for both Mares and Horses.
GP Arabian Lady – HARC
Six Mares lined up on a sloppy track for the GP Arabian Lady – HARC, over 1,200m on the dirt. The money was on the unbeaten Zells Kate and record-holder Orchestra Rach, however, the bayCantiga Ve won in a surprise burst of speed coming from the back of the pack.
Guinevere Rach was in the lead after the turn while Maisa do Bagda (2ª), Orchestra Rach (3ª), and Zells Kate (4ª) followed with Cantiga Ve in fifth place and last came Zinia Ve.
Guinevere Rach maintained first place with 300 meters remaining when Orchestra Rach began to accelerate taking the lead with Zells Kate close behind.
As the inevitable finish came into sight, Cantiga Ve riden by Jose Rogerio made an amazing rush taking the lead at the finish line from Orchestra Rach. Cantiga Ve won by 1/2 length, registering a winning time of 1:25:74, a new track record for mares while becoming 2016 National Champion.
Finish: Orchestra Rach (2ª), Guinevere Rach (3ª), Zells Kate (4ª) and Zinia Ve (5ª).
Marcia Regina de Oliveira Ribeiro, owner of Cantiga Ve, celebrated proudly with her husband Almir José Ribeiro, and their daughters Maria Eduarda and Marina with son-in-law Matheus.
“It is always pleasant to be here at Jockey Club de São Paulo with my family and watch my Arabian mare win,” said Riberiro. “It is the first time I have been present at the race when she has won. I’d like to thank my jockey Jose Rogério who rode her so perfectly.”
The six-year-old mare by Feitizzo Rach x Unic Appeal JP by Borsalino K was bred by José Silvestre Viana Egreja in Brazil.
José Rogério commented on his amazing ride:”At 300m out, I felt she could win. I pushed Cantiga Ve and let her run surprising everyone. I would like to thank all of the team.”
Cantiga Ve is trained by A. Paulielo and this was her first win while recording a track record, and making her the mare to beat in 2017.
GP Nacional do Cavalo Árabe – HARC
Just after the mares competition, it was time for the GP Nacional do Cavalo Árabe – HARC (1400m Dirt), set for turf, but wet weather forced the race to be run on the dirt track with seven horses entered.
Rhondo Rach and Mavors Rach owned by Ricardo Jamil Saliba, took the lead at the start followed by Marei Rach (3º), Kazan RB (4º), Adoraddo Ve (5º), Heron HVP (6º) and Mahogany HVP (7º) in last.
With Rhondo Rach still running in first Marei Rach slid into second until the final 500 meters when U. Silva urged his mount, Marei Rach to the lead for an easy win of 8 1/4 lengths and the title of 2016 National Champion.
Finish: Rhondo Rach- 2º, Mahogany Rach- 3º, Heron HVP -4º and Kazan RB – 5º.
The grey four-year-old Marei Rach (Voltaire Rach x Melina Rach by HS Titian) was bred by Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda, owned by Paulo Jamil Saliba.
Jockey U Silva spoke of his ride:”This was my second win with an Arabian horse this year; the first was with Orchestra Rach in July and we made a track record. Now with Marei Rach, in very good form. After the start I followed the lead close enough to push in the final meters to the win.”
Lucas Quintana, Rach horse trainer said, “In the mares race, the victory escaped us with Orchestra Rach, however in the GP Nacional do Cavalo Árabe – HARC (1400m Dirt) all went well with 1 and 2 with Marei Rach and Rhondo Rach.”
Almir José Ribeiro, Director of Races and also Vice President of Associação Brasileira de Criadores do Cavalo Árabe celebrated the important international partnership and 2016 season of Arab Horses in Brazil. “Most important is the participation of the best horses in training in Brazil to close the 2016 season. The GP Arabian Ladies – HARC (1200m Dirt) was the last race for mares this year, as was GP Nacional do Cavalo Árabe – HARC (1400m Dirt) for horses. These two races were in partnership of HARC and made a great value of the National Championship. For 2017 we promise more Arabian races in Brazil, showing these races have came to stay, ” guaranteed the Director.
~ edited report