Arabian Racing Review
Wolverhampton 21st September
by Paul Simmons


The Geoff Howard Maiden Stakes over 6 Furlongs:
Another impressive debut by a Gill Duffield juvenile as Namoos (Al Sakbe x Volna) made a confident start to her racing career with an emphatic victory over Bill Smith’s useful looking Yaqoot. Ambrose cut out the running at the head of affairs with Ebraam close behind, as they hit the home turn Yaqoot (Darike x Nirva De Cardonne) set sail for victory until Namoos swept past in the final furlong under a well judged ride from Phil Collington for a three length victory at the line for owner/breeder HH Shiekh Hamdan. Al Harith (Asad Saif x Wadha Al-Thania) was always handy and chased the pair home all the way to the line and is improving all the time, whilst Ambrose (Amer x KTP Mystic Flight) did all the hard work and stayed on for a credible 4th.

The Royal Cavalry of Oman Handicap Stakes 0-90 over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
Owner/trainer Delyth Thomas started the day as she meant to go on when stable star Noble Athlete (Dorwan Du Cayrou x Noble Dame) made short work of the opposition, he was always travelling well in behind pace setter Naphir and sauntered into the lead three furlongs from home and was kept up to work to win easily by about two lengths for jockey Simon Walker. Hellow (Kesberoy x Hafia De Faust) ran a great race in defeat chasing the winner all the way home but was never nearer than second, whilst the gallant Deolali (Khairouan x Operetta) stayed on well ahead of the rest of the field for third.

The Samad Racing Handicap Stakes 0-70 over 1 Mile 6 Furlongs:
Debrett made sure this was a true test of stamina, but had Notid and Roches Du Cayrou coasting in behind. As they approached the three furlong market Simon Walker made his move on the Delyth Thomas owned/trained Roches Du Cayrou (Newday x Kahinaoura) and they blitzed home in fine style for an easy three length victory. The bold and brave Debrett (Bengali D’Albret x Djeba El Mels) ran another good race in second staying on dourly in the closing stages ahead of a one paced but resolute Notid (Tidjani x Sherrie Noreen).

AHS & ARO Breeders Cup (for British bred Arabs) over 1 Mile:
They went a fair pace with Sakeena Sky Zayin leading the field till the four furlong marker when Alsharq went for home followed by a determined Inshaad, these two quickened nicely inside the final two furlongs followed by Pinkie Tuscadero. As they approached the final furlong Phil Collington made smooth headway on Inshaad (Al Sakbe x Aksarka) and set sail for home for an easy four length victory over Alsharq (Al Sakbe x Valina Des Fabries), both were owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan and trained by Gill Duffield (who took this race last year). Pinkie Tuscadero (Izentespeshal x Altyv) ran on well in the closing stages to take third ahead of a one paced Sakeena Sky Zayin (Karmah x Sweet Simplicity).

The Jebel Ali Racing Club Handicap 0-65 over 7 Furlongs:
Delyth Thomas claimed Dunstall Park as her own with yet another victory here with smart handicapper Ajyaal (Bengali D’Albret x Silvena) again superbly ridden by Simon Walker (cementing his lead for the jockeys title with a treble), always handy behind long time leader The Debator, he asserted himself in the home straight and flew to an impressive two length victory. Back in second was another great effort from Whisper (The Wiking x Sucha) who came with a fast and furious run inside the final furlong to snatch second from stable mate Pepita De Carrere (Guytou De Carrere x Assada El Baraka). The latter ran a better effort than at Lingfield for new owner Tony Jennings, she was always thereabouts and rallied hard in the closing stages.

The Jebel Ali Handicap 0-80 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
Delyth Thomas was officially crowned the all weather queen when she sent her fourth winner of the day when Al Mamoon got the better of a titanic battled with Nenette to just get up on the line under yet another superb ride from Anna Wallace (the bookies breathed a sigh of relief as stable mate Final Fling was sent off 6/4 favourite under Simon Walker). Al Mamoon (Passem Lotois x Al Hanoof) quickly made his way to the head of affairs and set a decent pace under a focused and determined ride from leading female Arab jockey Anna Wallace, as they approached the final furlong Nenette drew along side and the two brave athletes went head to head all the way to the line, but in the end Al Mammon kept his head in front to win by a neck. Nenette (Makzan x Nelenghara) lost nothing in defeat and has maintained her form well this season under new owner/trainer Beverley Paterson. Whilst HH Sheikh Hamdan’s filly Baseerah (Djendel x Qosheeyya) was handy throughout and showed a likeable attitude battling on in the closing stages to hold onto third ahead of Final Fling.

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