Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing Award
5 December 2016, UK ~ HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been honored for his support and long term commitment to Arabian racing with the Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing Award at the Horserace Writers and Photographer’s Association Annual Derby Awards Luncheon. The event took place at the Lancaster London and is sponsored by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC). Thanks to their involvement this award recognizing achievements in Arabian racing has been included in the Awards.
As Patron of the Arabian Racing Organization (ARO), the sole authority for the sport in the UK, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Purebred Arabian racing for over 30 years. His continued support, both in the UK and worldwide, spans racing, breeding and sponsorship. His Highness is also the patron of the Europe’s biggest single Arabian race meeting, Dubai International Arabian Races, held each year at Newbury. In 2016 he secured his thirteenth ARO Owners’ Championship with 20 wins, which included three at Group level. On the global stage, his AF Mathmoon won this year’s Kahayla Classic, the opening race of Dubai World Cup night.
Also recognized for their achievements this season were 16 times Champion Arabian Jockey, Simon Walker, leading Arabian owner-trainer Delyth Thomas and the highest ever rated Purebred Arabian racehorse, Al Mourtajez.
ARO Chairman Charles Gregson commented. “We are delighted to see His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, our Patron, honoured in this way and we are very grateful to both the QREC and HWPA for recognising Arabian racing at this annual event.”
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