Another Leading Owner title for HH Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on: 12th Oct 2016

Left to right: RADAMES (Za'abeel International Stakes, Gr.1 PA) - MURAAQIB (Shadwell Dubai International Stakes, Gr.1 PA) - AGHSAAN (ARO Cup, Gr.3 PA)

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was officially announced as Leading Arabian Owner for the 2016 season.

It is the 13th consecutive year Sheikh Hamdan has been leading Arabian owner in the UK! 

The trophy presentation was made during the last ARO race meeting at Chelmsford on the 25th September.  The trophy was received on HH Sheikh Hamdan’s behalf by James O’Donnell.

In 2016 in the UK, Arabian racehorses running in the colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan won 20 races, finished second 21 times and third 18 times, and earned more than £144,000 in prize money.  After Gill Duffield’s retirement last September, James Owen and Phil Collington have taken over the training duties for our Arabian racehorses with great success: James won the ARO Trainer Champion title and Phil finished closed second.

2016 Top Performers in the UK:

  • RADAMES: won the Za’abeel Stakes (Gr.1 PA) at Newbury in July and was also placed second in the Gr.2 PA Clarendon Stakes in August and third in the Gr.3 PA ARO Cup in May
  • MURAAQIB: won the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Gr.1 PA) at Newbury in July, after a first Group win in France in April (Prix de Carthage-Hannibal, Gr.2 PA, in Toulouse)
  • AGHSAAN (AL JAKBAR): won 2 races including the ARO Cup (Gr.3 PA) in May and was placed second in 2 Group 1 PA races (the Hatta International Stakes at Newbury in July and the Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Cup at Sandown in August)
  • ALAZEEZ (MADJANI): finished 3rd on the Gr.2 PA Emirates Equestrian Federation Stakes at Newbury in July, and won the first race on the day at the final ARO meeting at Chelmsford
  • AWZAAN (AL SAOUDI): won 2 races and finished 3rd in the Gr.1 PA Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Cup at Sandown in August
  • Other winners include: AL KABEER (AL JAKBAR), ALHAADER (MADJANI), EMIRAATY (AL SAOUDI), FOAAD (MADJANI), JAMAAYIL (AL JAKBAR), MAIDAAN (MONSIEUR AL MAURY), MUNBAHER (MADJANI), NAISHAAN (NO RISK AL MAURY), SUNBULLA (MONSIEUR AL MAURY) and ZAAHY (AL JAKBAR). 

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