Arab Racing 2002

The Arab Horse Society




By Claire Taylor


Seven different jockeys and sets of connections enjoyed success as the Arab Horse Society continues to provide competitive racing for its members. Four of the seven races at Warwick were won by AHS members training their own horses, while there were family connections in two of the remaining races.

The first of the two Anglo/Part Bred races saw a return to the winners enclosure for Shasta Bree Tarkan ridden by Pierre Deymonaz for owner/trainer Linda Meakins, beating previous winners Sugar Dandy and Field of Dreams. While in the Open race Rushing was always running well under Phil Collington to win for owner/trainer Jennie Candlish.

The Open Maiden race for the Pure Breds, kindly sponsored by Mr Michael Hinchliffe of M J Hinchliffe Racehorse Transport, saw a surprise winner in Floral Dancer who was making her racecourse debut for owner Jenny Collins. The favourites went off at a very fast pace allowing jockey Brian Boulton to settle his mount in behind and come with a sprint finish at the end as the others had run themselves out of the race.

Majestic Omar and Sally McIlwaine confirmed their Barbury result by winning again in the 2 mile race cruising home ahead of Island Star. Owner/trainer Andy and Barbara Coombs said they tried to use a larger trailer to make the journey up from Trowbridge but Omar would only load up in his usual mode of transport.

There was a close finish in the Penn Wood Challenge Open Stakes as Cathy Thomas on her Pavot Al Kyle took up the running at half way and was strongly challenged in the finish by Benedikt and Fayre Abi but managed to hold on by half a length to win this leg of the Series sponsored by Stuart Shefras.

Keeping it in the family were Patrick Murphy and Mark Doyle each winning for their respective Mother-in-law. The progressive 4-year-old Olivphaya, bred and owned by Christine Cone, was given a race to the line by Ares De Chevagne although Patrick managed to prevail by half a length in the Coventry Stakes. While in the final race teenagers took three of the four places as 14-year-old Gaynif came with a late run under Mark Doyle to finish 5 lengths clear of 13-year-old Doriket ridden by Rob Woollard. Third was 10-year-old Pha Khamoun, with 19-year-old Al Jabal in fourth.




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