The first Pattern race of the UK Arabian racing season, the Royal Cavalry of Oman ARO Cup Group 3 PA run over a mile delivered a high quality field of 9 Arabians for the first race at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday.
Having had a successful day at Chepstow the day before with a trio of winners in-form trainer Collington followed up with a fantastic Group three victory for owners Athbah Stud and their filly Shomoos Athbah ridden by Tadhg O’Shea, Collingtons other entry, Group 1 placed Mehdaaf Athbah was a non-runner for the trainer looking for back to back victory in this group 3, on the day his one runner was enough to see him onto the winning podium.
Trainer Pete Hammersley’s Chelmsford City winner, Zayin Angkor Centurion ran a fantastic race finishing second having stepped up to group company for the first time and did owner breeder Paul Simmons proud, a great result for UK breeding and the Zayin Stud based in Dorset, having made much of the early running with Beverley Deutrom’s Swedish Group 3 winner Storm Troupour with jockey Dayverson De Barros aboard he did his best to keep ahead of the field that were held well together as they hit the half way mark. With two furlongs to go the pace lifted significantly and back marker Shomoos Athbah started to move up alongside the Sponsors Royal Cavalry of Oman Al Chammy ridden by Pat Dobbs.
With Shomoos Athbah, Zayin Angkor Centurion and Al Chammy breaking away from the field and chased by the group 2 placed James Owen horse Awzaan under Dane O’Neil, Shomoos Athbah looked to assert her pressure over the valiantly trying Zayin Angkor Centurion to finish in first place, third and fourth going to Al Chammy and Awzaan respectively.
The field put on a great show and demonstrated to a fantastic Royal Windsor crowd how good UK Arabian racing can be - a strong Group 3 for the first Arabian Pattern race of 2018.
Racing Operations Manager Willie McFarland commented: “ARO is thrilled to have delivered such a great race at Windsor and we are immensely grateful to The Royal Cavalry of Oman for their valuable sponsorship and commitment, their support is invaluable to UK Arabian racing – they have had a great start to their season, all three of their runners so far have been in the winners enclosure - we wish them every success throughout the season and hope our wonderful relationship will continue for many years to come.”- Mr Willie McFarland , 18 July 2018