Arab Racing 2002

The Arab Horse Society


Photo:- Sunshines Photo Studios


By Claire Taylor


Six of the seven races at Taunton were named in recognition of the winners of the first Arab Horse Society race meeting to be held at Taunton in 1983. The first Arab Horse Society race meeting was held at Hawthorn Hill in 1978.

The Open Handicap was run over 1 mile and 5 furlongs or thereabouts, named in honour of Margaret Fowler’s Jamlinninkor; a keen supporter of AHS racing Margaret regularly sponsors a race. Five runners started unfortunately only three passed the finish. Cathy Thomas set off on Pavot Al Kyle and made the running until reaching the far side of the course where she had to pull up quickly due to injury to her horse, unfortunately Gaynif, who was travelling well at the time, was taken off course and rider Caroline Doyle had no choice but to pull up and trot Gaynif back across the racecourse. The Veterinary Officer was immediately on hand to attend to Pavot Al Kyle who was led away to the stables. This incident left the race to Riverdance who was pushed out hands and heels by Brian Boulton to win ahead of Segovia Sunrise and Ygnasio.

The Open Anglo/Part Bred race, named after Suntal Golden Token, gave jockey Phil Collington his ninth win of the season and trainer Jenny Candlish her eighth. Carolyn Green on her very game Sugar Dandy, took over the lead from Romany Dream in the back straight but could not maintain it as Rushing quickened to pass them in the home straight to win by a comfortable 4 lengths ahead of Romany Dream with Sugar Dandy in third.

In the other Anglo/Part Bred race, the Sindolar Tangerine Dream Maiden Stakes, Spring Psalm led going into the final furlong ridden by his owner/trainer John Moseley when he seemed to run out of steam leaving Spring Harmony and Pierre Deymonaz in front to take the race just ahead of Kiwi Passion who made a very late run from a long way off the pace.

The Maiden race for pure bred arabs saw a four-year-old win for his new connections after a change of ownership and yards. Sally McIlwaine set off to make all on Tim Smith’s Hamac and she did just that, setting a strong pace for the mile which the other runners could not go with. Second was Bob and Jo Fiddler’s Babuska who had won Best Turned Out for daughter Maggie, with WFA Whirlwind a long way adrift in third.

Cathy Thomas went a good gallop in the Difayah Stakes on WFA Prophecy and made all to stay ahead of Sakit Sura and the fast-finishing Drongo. The winner, a 5-year-old mare by Abitibi, looked fit and well in the paddock and could be one to watch in the future.

It was an easy win for Horizon in the Limkumstar Joshua Stakes over 1 mile, and the impressive grey stallion certainly caught everyones eye as he was pushed clear by jockey Mark Alston to win as he liked. Owner/trainer Mark Smallman was very pleased with Horizon who ‘was much more settled today’ after his win at Warwick two weeks ago.

Two other horses looking for a second successive win were Island Star and Island Rover in the Rippling Amber Stakes over 6 furlongs. Island Rover with top weight was trying to follow up his Warwick win, while Island Star had won the previous week at Stratford over a mile and two furlongs and had a six-pound penalty to carry. Sam Morris on Island Rover, set off to make every post the winning post, while Rob Woollard settled his mount in behind the rest of the runners waiting until going around the final bend where Island Star got on terms with the others and moved through to take the lead in the final furlong, finishing 2 lengths the good of Island Rover, with the lightly-weighted Starinsky another 2 lengths behind in third.

The next Arab Horse Society Race Meeting is at Goodwood on Saturday 28th September, always a popular day out for competitors and spectators alike, Mary Carline has organised a variety of attractions to entertain everyone, while the good level of sponsorship for both Lingfield and Goodwood has allowed a welcome increase in the amount of prize money on offer in the seven races at Goodwood.

Please ring Maxine at the Race Office for more details: 01189 302 953.



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