First DIAR Prep Race Taken by Royal Cavalry of Oman

Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, Sweden will host three DIAR races on 18 June

14 June 2018, Newbury, UK ~ A field of eight took their place on 14 July 2018, for the DIAR at Newbury, 29th July International Stakes, a prep race for Dubai International Race Day.

Al Chammy and Pat Dobbs Photo: EquineCreativeMedia

The first UK leg, a 6 furlong race, a Dubai International Preparation Race held at Newbury Racecourse, attracted significant interest with most entrants using this as the prep for the Za’abeel International Stakes (Gr1PA) for Four years and up at the Dubai International Arabian Race day on 29 July 2018.

The Royal Cavalry of Oman celebrated with winner Al Chammy for trainer Said Al Badi who came to the race looking to improve on his third place at Windsor. Ridden by Pat Dobbs the track obviously suited the horse and it was a convincing win. Interviewed later the trainer confirmed he would be looking to target the Dubai International meeting.

Phil Collington who can currently do no wrong on the back of a treble at Wolverhampton on Sunday and also a winner of the Group 3 PA at Royal Windsor Racecourse, fielded recent Chepstow and course winner Anfaas under Tadhg O’Shea for HH Sheikh Hamdan and took a worthy second place from the Peter Hammersley trained and progressive Zayin Angkor Centurion, finishing third, ridden by David Turner. This was a welcome result for UK owner/breeder, Paul Simmons having been second to Shomoos Athbah in the same contest at Royal Windsor. Hammersley also took fourth place with Shammat Al Hosn for Forta Stud ridden by Racheal Kneller. Hammersley later commented that he is convinced there will be a nice win for this consistent mare at some point.

Lesser placings went to Pharitz Arabians and trainer Beverly Deutrom’s Mersal finishing fifth, and Furry seventh. The disappointment on the day was Champion trainer James Owen’s Alazeez in the colors of HH Sheikh Hamdan that finished sixth. Eighth place went to local trainer Adam Newey who although has his horses in great form was facing a big ask on seasonal debut with Vindetta owned by The Almost All Partnership.

Race Results:

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Willie McFarland ARO Operations Manager said: “ARO is delighted to see such a quality field come to Newbury Racecourse for the first of the DIAR prep races, and what it was a great result for the Royal Cavalry of Oman and trainer Said Al Badi. This series of races is a perfect mechanism to boost visibility and international participation in the Arabian racing arena with the added benefit of a generous bonus scheme that rewards any of the first three home in each prep race that go on to win one of the bonus races at DIAR – a very welcome incentive to support the flagship event at Newbury on 29th July’’.

Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, Sweden will host three races on 18 June, before the next Prep race in France at La Teste de Buch Racecourse, on 3 July, where there will be three races on their card. The final Preparation races in July will be at Newbury Racecourse on the 5 July over 7 furlongs and Duindigt Racecourse in the Netherlands hosting three races on the 8 July before the final Prep race at Newbury over 1 mile 2 furlongs on 12 July.

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