Tickets are selling well at Chelmsford City Racecourse, the venue for the opening meeting of the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) 2018 season, when Arabian racing gets back on track with a card that featuring races from seven furlongs to a mile and a quarter, which includes two maidens and five handicap stakes races.
Entries indicate that this will be a chance to see some new faces on the track from Newmarket trainers Phil Collington and James Owen whilst, Leicestershire trainer Phil Hammersley will have proven form with four horses entered in the Totepool Cashback Club At Totesport.co.uk Handicap Stakes.
With horses coming from far as afield as Aberkenfig in Wales, doyen of Arabian racing Delyth Thomas will be hopeful that she has unearthed another gem in the form of Paramer Angel, Delyth is an expert with horses who have had problems or need to be refreshed so it will be interesting to see how her horse performs.
Paramer Angel is entered in the £20 Freebets At Totesport.com Maiden Stakes, also entered are three horses from the Phil Collington stable he commented that; “All 3 horses will like the track and the surface.” Both Thamaraat and Ashjaan made their racecourse debuts at Chelmsford last season. With four horses entered for the opening meeting the leading trainer has a full yard, with these four horses the most forward at this early stage of the season. In the 2018 season opener Phil has also entered Raaqay whom he described as “a really nice horse” – he is a three year old son of top sire No Risk Al Maury. Last season’s champion trainer James Owen is keen to start the new season on the front foot with a total of 15 individual horses entered including Eqleem and Emiraaty who both won on the opening day of the 2017 season.
With the recent bad weather having interrupted schedules in training for many of the horseracing fraternity of late we are pleased to see so many entries at what is quite an early start to the Arabian season. This is a breed that has been bred for endurance be it for racing or long distance competition. They are incredibly versatile; the Arabian horse celebrates its heritage as one of the oldest recognised breeds worldwide and is seen as the ancestor to the modern Thoroughbred racehorse.
Chelmsford City Racecourse is brewing up the fun as ARO will be joining racecourse visitors who will not only enjoy a taste of the day’s racing but can also appreciate a pint or two as this will be day two of the racecourse Beer Festival. More than 60 beers and ciders will be on offer.
Throughout the season the Arabian breed is seen competing on racecourses across the UK on both Thoroughbred and standalone fixtures. Chelmsford will also be hosting some very high class horses on the ARO card with the Group 1 (PA) H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at its 19th August fixture.