Arab Racing 2002

The Arab Horse Society


Photo:- Sunshines Photo Studios


By Claire Taylor


The choice of two Anglo races at Huntingdon saw a total of 13 runners and 12 different sets of connections taking part in the action. The feature race was the Penn Wood Challenge Open Handicap over a mile for Anglo and Part Bred Arabs, kindly sponsored by Stuart Shefras. The start of this race was interesting as Tamagotchi looked like he was trying to set off in the wrong direction taking Pride Of James with him, however once trainer/jockey Peter Murphy got Tamagotchi headed in the right direction there was no looking back for Claire Ward’s handsome 5-year-old as he came from last to first to beat Sugar Dandy by a short head with Pride Of James and Rushing third and fourth. These three placed horses have all won this season so watch out for more exciting finishes in future Anglo/Part Bred races.

Shropshire-based Anthony and Karan Jones, the husband and wife team who bred Field Of Dreams, were thrilled with their winner as they also bred and trained the sire, Prince Maajed, to win a race. In 10 years of Arab Racing they have trained a total of four horses and had many placed so another winner was particularly sweet. Karan had bred ‘Artic’, as she is known at home, as a dressage horse for herself, but Anthony was keen to race her.

As at Barbury, each race at Huntingdon was won by a different set of connections, however Champion Jockey Pierre Deymonaz was making his presence felt with a three timer on the day which takes him near the top of the Jockey Table along with Patrick Murphy and Brian Boulton. Pierre’s first winner came on the Anglo, Field Of Dreams, his second was on Al Reeh Janoob for Jenny Lees. By Chatanz, this talented 8-year-old eased ahead in the straight and did just enough to keep Joy Maclean and Rawen a length behind in second place. Pierre completed his treble by winning the Matt Farrelly Memorial Stakes on Floriferouz, trained by Linda Meakins for Mr Ellis. Pierre and Floriferouz were quickly away in this 6 furlong sprint with Island Rover and Sam Morris in hot pursuit, these two pulled well clear of the other runners, and Floriferouz stayed ahead to win by one length.

Trainer/jockey Patrick Murphy continued his winning streak by riding a double. He won the Maiden on Anne Unwin’s homebred mare, Egypt, who looked particularly fit in the paddock for her racecourse debut, a credit to her trainer Genny Haynes. Genny has five Arabs in training at her home in Leicestershire and says that Egypt is a ‘little star at home’, while Anne, Chair of the AHS Race Committee and one of the new AHS Directors, says she is a star on the racecourse. Patrick’s second winner came on Christine Cone’s Olivphaya, this useful 4-year-old was held up behind others as Shane Westwood set a fast pace on his Nefous Rais, then produced in the home straight to give an exciting finish between the two. Christine has been training Arabs for about 15 years now and her daughter Valerie used to ride for her. Valerie and husband Patrick worked for several years with thoroughbreds in Ireland and Dubai before settling back in England to help Christine run her yard.

Interest in the two mile race was heightened by the fact that a mother and daughter were both running in the same race. Owner Mrs Ann Potts bred Nicholetah and Naserah, both trained by Bob Uden who elected to ride the dam, Naserah. Lyndsey Salt set off to make the running on Nicholetah who made all to finish ahead of the top weight Island Benedict.

Come and enjoy the races at

Warwick on Saturday 10th August, first race 5.30pm,

and at Stratford on Saturday 17th August, first race 2pm.

For further details please telephone Maxine Cave-Debuse on 01189 302 953



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