Arab Racing 2001

The Arab Horse Society


By Rob Woollard

Mary Carline organised a marvellous day out for the family at Goodwood with entertainment including the Petworth Town Band, who added to the friendly atmosphere of the day, a parade by four of the Junior British Endurance Team, a 'Champagne Competition' to correctly name the first three horses home in the second race, AHS merchandise and other trade stands, and not forgetting the thrilling racing from our wonderful Arabian horses on this 16th year of Championship racing at Goodwood, for the Arab Horse Society.

Close finishes were the order of the day, with jockeys having to work hard for their wins. There were doubles for trainers Andrea Boulton and Sarah Kelleway, while eight different owners took the trophies home.

The first race, kindly supported by Barclays Bank plc, was for maidens 4 years old and over. Simon Walker, on the hot favourite Altayarah, found he had a race on his hands as Hanne Jenson chased him all the way to the finish line on Crusader Junior who was making his racecourse debut - one to watch out for next season. Babuska and China Sky took the minor placings in this fast run 7 furlong contest.

The Loddon Stables Handicap for horses rated 0-50 had supporters cheering in the stands as Sam Morris brought Yvonne Ruffle's Borago up the centre of the course, while WFA Jehangir and The Widow Maker battled it out under Sarah Kelleway and Martin Smith on the stand side. Sam and Borago prevailed by half a length over Sarah and the favourite. Both Yvonne and trainer Andrea Boulton were in tears in the winner's enclosure as Andrea explained that the horse had broken his back four years ago. "He was going to be put down, but as he was still standing up the vet said he would come back the next day. We didn't let the vet come back. He's a very special horse - a miracle horse."

This year has seen more Anglos take part in racing than for several years which has allowed the Race Committee to put two races for A/A and Part breds on most race cards, which in turn has encouraged more owners to race their Anglos. Let us hope this trend continues next year, with even more horses taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the Arab Horse Society.

Martin Smith enjoyed his ride on Bold Midas especially when he finished a length to the good over Pierre Deymonaz on Rushing in the Barclays City Business Team Champions Stakes over 2 miles. Joy Maclean set off in front on her Arctic Fire, eventually finishing fourth ahead of Frimousse Champeix, while Nick Isaac gave a bow to the crowd as he passed the line last of the seven runners.

John Wilson's Prussian Duke made his debut a winning one in the Wedding Stakes over a mile for Anglos and Part Breds. In an exciting finish the five year old took the race from Hardtoback, ridden by Nick Isaac, and Great lady, under Philip Collington, both previous winners although better over a shorter distance.

The Sprint Championship, kindly supported by B & M Caldicott Building & Roofing Contractors, went to the front running Pavot Al Kyle who set a blistering pace under Cathy Thomas to win by 2 lengths, ahead of Djemila De Leyre and Pleinne D'Amour who were only separated by a head.

The Al-Arabi-A Championship Stakes, kindly supported by Mr & Mrs M Mohammed, gave Sarah Kelleway's Cheri Du Loup the longer distance race that he enjoys as he finished ahead of Vicky Youell's Nivadour Cardonne ridden by Martin Smith. The consistent Rawen was third with Joy Maclean, which secured her the award of Champion Mare for the season after three wins and a second over the year.

A new race on the card was the first running of The AHS Stewards Cup in recognition of the great services rendered to Arab Racing by the team of Stewards and Officials. Anne Unwin kindly gave the Challenge Trophy for this race, while first prize also included a stallion nomination to Abitibi kindly donated by Sarah Kelleway. Spectators were not disappointed with this race as Brian Boulton came with a perfectly timed run on one of many horses that has improved with age, Charan El Nefous. Andrea and Brian do a marvellous job keeping their horses fit and well and enjoying their racing. The consistent Doraman, rarely out of the places this season, finished second, with Bergamot half a length behind for jockey Hannah Fox.

A bold show of front running in The AHS Council Handicap Stakes, kindly supported by The Arab Horse Society Council Members, allowed Kevin Waterman to stay ahead of the field on Joanne Holman's The Silver Gambler, Brian Boulton was second on Darein, unable to catch the winner on this occasion, with Rob Baily a very close third on his Pharitz Samman.

A most enjoyable race meeting on which to end the season. Many thanks to all the supporters, stewards and helpers on the day, have a good rest through the winter and we will see you all again next year.

Rob Woollard


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