Ten runners have been declared for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Premier Handicap (0-85 PA) to be run at Doncaster on Friday 3 June, which at 2 miles is the longest UK Arabian race run this year. Due off at 5.40pm it opens the card for the Weston Park Cancer Charity Race Evening.
The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was thrilled to announce last month that the Royal Cavalry of Oman has more than doubled its’ sponsorship of Purebred Arabian racing in the UK for the 2016 season, which includes two full fixtures at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 1 July and 25 September.
Of the five single races on Thoroughbred cards, the most prestigious is The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes (Group 2 PA) run over 5f at Newbury, won for the last five years by trainer Julian Smart who had previously been the Cavalry’s retained trainer.
The Royal Cavalry have been involved with Arabian racing in the UK for over ten years, however this is the first time their sponsorship has been extended to include the ARO Season Finale, which is at Chelmsford City on 25 September. This will now be merged with the Royal Cavalry of Oman’s annual race day and it is sure to provide a memorable end to the UK Arabian racing season.
ARO Racing Manager, Amanda Smith said: “In the final ten declarations we have a good mix of seasoned handicappers and unexposed horses, and Doncaster’s historic track is sure to provide a stiff test. The Arabian horse was bred specifically for soundness and stamina over long distances and those qualities were exactly what breeders looked for when creating the Thoroughbred racehorse using these oriental bloodlines.
“The Arabian Racing Organisation is very proud to be associated with The Royal Cavalry of Oman and its’ race sponsorship is vital to ARO. We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing support from the grass-roots to the highest level in the UK.”