Arab Racing 2001

The Arab Horse Society



A large crowd enjoyed fine weather and exciting races at the second Huntingdon meeting of the season, the rails were lined with spectators; the five bookmakers were kept busy as punters were keen to bet on the competitive handicaps and the stands were crowded as people cheered the horses home.

Once again Philip and Avril Wooster did a marvellous job of ensuring the day ran smoothly, although even they couldn’t do any thing about the delay due to the vet being stuck in a traffic jam.  Many thanks to all the Stewards, Officials and volunteers who worked so hard during the day.

Anglo Arabs were out in force when ten lined up for the Pryor Group AA/PB Stakes.  Sally and John Wilson were very pleased when their mare, Nicole won, as they had been unable to canter their horses until May due to FMD closing the beach that they use as a cantering ground.  This was their first runner of the season and they have 3 more Anglos at home waiting to run so watch out for those.  Great Lady looked fit and well in the paddock and ran a personal best to come second for Jim Cooper. 

Cathy Thomas set out to make all in the St Jude Stakes, which was supported by friends and family in memory of Matt Farrelly.  Matt had been a keen supporter of Arab Racing for many years and competed as owner/trainer/jockey in his own inimitable style including winning the Charity Race at Lingfield in 1998.  Indeed he and Peter McCormack had introduced handicap races to the Arab Horse Society, and had ensured sponsorship of races at Huntingdon over several years.  It was somehow fitting for Cathy to win the race on Pavot Al Kyle, as her premature twins had recently come home after nearly three months in intensive care in different hospitals. The twins, Megan and Michaela, were born in February, and Cathy started riding five weeks after their birth.  “The horses were the only thing keeping me sane,” said Cathy, delighted with her winner but eager to get home to her babies as she found it hard to leave them for the day. 

Trainer Sarah Kelleway continues to dominate the Maiden and Open races with three winners, riding Velvet Du Gamas herself, while Pierre Deymonaz took the honours on the two maidens.

Sabez, ridden by Fred Offord, came with a perfectly timed finish to take the Alicia Fine Lingerie Sweepstakes by a head from the front running Dhorgaam, ridden by Cathy Thomas.  The trio of teenage stallions, Ikbalis, Drongo and Segovia Sunrise took the minor placings for their owner/trainers John Doxey, Andrea Boulton and Carol Lowman respectively.  It is a pleasure to watch these older horses enjoying a day out and performing well for their owners at the races.

Andrea and Brian Boulton continued their winning ways with Muhannad in the Copdock & Animal Feeds Stakes.  The 5-year-old is a big baby, said Andrea, who had wondered what he would do when he hit the front, however Brian kept him straight to beat previous winners Doraman and Doriket.  Final race of the day went to Jenny Peyton’s Island Benedict ridden by Nick Isaac.  Jenny said she knew the horse had a race in him somewhere, while husband Alan was delighted with ‘Benny’.  Al Jabal, at 18-years-young, finished second for Andrea and Brian Boulton.

Rob & Claire


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