As Patron of the Arabian Racing Organisation (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 Europeâs biggest single Arabian racemeeting, Dubai International Arabian Races, held each year at Newbury. In 2016 he secured his thirteenth ARO Ownersâ Championship with 20 wins, which included three at Group level. On the global stage, his AF Mathmoon won this yearâs Kahayla Classic, the opening race of Dubai World Cup night.
Also recognised 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. âWe 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.â
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