Arab Racing 2001

The Arab Horse Society


TAUNTON 22nd JULY 2001


A large, enthusiastic crowd cheered in the winners as tight finishes made for exciting racing at Taunton.  The entire day was organised by Jill Martin from the Racing Office, apart from the Stewards who were coordinated by Ann Unwin.  Jill said, “The day was a roaring success, with a friendly atmosphere and everyone enjoying themselves.”  Also present on the day was TV Taunton with ‘Freddie on Somerset’, filming and interviewing people, for a programme which will be shown later.

The opening race had the crowd jumping in the stands as newcomer Mitali, ridden by her owner/trainer Lynn Brooker, came through to pip Mural-De-Feu and Yucel Mehmet at the post in the Lauren Youell Maiden Conditions Stakes.  These two four-year-olds showed their older colleagues the way with Mural-De-Feu looking like the winner until he hesitated at the road crossing which allowed first time out Mitali to win by a short head.

Jenny and Alan Peyton were thrilled with their two horses as Hardtoback ridden by Rob  Woollard won the Open Anglo race, reversing the form over the favourite Shasta Bree Tarkaan.  Jenny bred Hardtoback and still has his dam Harem, now 24 years old, who raced in her younger days. Island Benedict won the third race to make it a quick double for Jenny and Alan, who said as well as having the winners it was a great day out with a friendly atmosphere, enhanced by everyone applauding and cheering for everyone else. Jenny works part time at a veterinary surgery and at Kempton Racecourse to pay for her horses that she breaks in and trains herself, while Alan is semi-retired, working for the Bishop of Guildford, both are pleased to have the opportunity to race their horses in competitive handicaps with other amateur owner/trainers.  The placings went to Island Rover finishing second under Sam Morris, and Doriket back in third.

Hywel Davies, Grand National winning jockey on Last Suspect, enjoyed his day at the races saddling up for his son James who rode two winners.  The first on Island Benedict, and the second in the Maiden on Semawe for owner/trainer Jenny Brimecombe.  James, a stylish rider, was delighted with his double, his first winners on Arabian horses.  Yucel Mehmet and Hayley’s Comet were well beaten by the impressive winner, although trainer Jim Cooper won the Maiden Anglo race with Great Lady by ˝ length from Claire Ward’s Tamagotchi, with John Mosely third on his Spring Psalm.  Jockey Yucel had the mare switched off at the back of the field and then came up between the placed horses to make it another exciting finish for the crowd.

Jockey Rob Woollard completed a double by winning the 2-mile race on the tough little mare Island Star, bred by Joe Backhouse as were Island Benedict and Island Rover, making it a good day for the ‘Island Horses’.  Al Jabal, second, looked superb in the paddock and deserved the best turned out prize.  PHA Khamoun, a winner last season, ran well in third and should come on for the run. 

Rob & Claire


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