Arab Racing 2001

The Arab Horse Society



This was my first visit to Southwell racecourse and after a long drive found myself pleasantly surprised by the layout and attractiveness of the course. We had not taken our own horses to race due to the traveling involved, but may well reconsider for next season as the facilities were ideally laid out for owner/trainers to prepare horses. Once again members had been working to find supporters for the races, including Blue Chip who kindly donated a polo shirt to the winning handlers and a bag of Blue Chip Pro as part of the first prize.

In the Archer Ward Open Maiden Stakes, supported by Liz Archer and Claire Ward, Jason Burley came with a late run on L'Enchanteur Royale to snatch victory from SA Anothersam and Pierre Deymonaz. The winner, a colt by Merlin al Maury, is a half brother to Bibi Royale another multiple winner bred by Mr and Mrs Kippen at Langhan Hall Stud.

Stuart Shefras was delighted when Toalogo won the Indigo Services UK AA/PB Stakes, "That was his last race, he can bow out in glory." In fact the 11-year-old Anglo was lucky to get to Southwell at all as Stuart's horsebox suffered a blow out on the way there, resulting in a five-hour journey to the course. Toalogo kept connections guessing through the race as he slowed down past the first bend letting other horses pass him, Bernie Gonsalves got him running again, coming back to challenge in the home straight. This gave Donna Wheatley her first winner as a trainer after taking over the reins from Stuart who has spent much of this year concentrating his efforts on organising the Charity Race Meeting at Stratford in aid of the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Wendy Parkin is enjoying a successful return to Arab racing, after a time working in the Middle East, her SA Arc En Ciel, ridden by Pierre Deymonaz, followed up his Stratford win with another in the 'Bowler Bill' Stakes. Wendy runs a livery and training yard in East Sussex, specializing in schooling and rehabilitating problem horses, she loves working with Arabs in particular as she finds them more intelligent than other horses.

Pierre rode a treble on the day with wins on Bengaliya for Jennie Candlish, and Call Me Risky for Sarah Kelleway. Sarah completed a treble as trainer, riding the improving WFA Jehangir herself, while Simon Walker rode the front running Djemila D'Amour in the sprint.

In the 0-60 mile race CS Lafaz jumped off and made all in a brave show of front running by his owner/trainer John Collier, while Gordon Farr came with a late run on Sakit Sura only to be defeated by a neck.

Claire & Rob


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