Sweden’s Macallan was victorious in The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes (Gr 3 PA) run over five furlongs at Newbury this afternoon. Ridden by Swedish professional jockey Anna Pilroth and trained by her mother Bodil Blomqvist, for a partnership that also included Blomqvist. Run as the opening race of the sell-out Betfred Ladies Day card, the race was oversubscribed requiring horses to be balloted out, with Macallan and Pilroth beating eleven horses home including Group 1 winner Radames, who had been second in the race last year.
Filling the places were Shomoos Athbah who had recently been headed in a Group 2 at the track and Storm Troupour, who had come to Newbury on the back of a win at Chelmsford seven days earlier. This was Macallan’s second sprint win at this level and he is a son of Dahess, one of two three-time Za’abeel International Stakes (Gr1PA) winners, the only other pattern sprint race held for Arabians in the UK, also run at Newbury.- Mrs. Debbie Burt , Posted on 20 August 2017
A delighted Pilroth commented: “He likes the [soft] ground and I was looking forward to riding him over five furlongs because he is better over shorter distances, so it is a relief that it all worked out. The course here is lovely, I like the undulations, you need a good horse and you need to think a little bit and plan your race.”
The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) Director Genny Haynes said: “We are delighted for Anna and her mother who have been rewarded for their campaign with Macallan, racing him in England for the third time in three weeks, he is clearly a tough horse. We also thank the Royal Cavalry for their continued sponsorship of this race and we welcomed Colonel Abdil Al Hosni and Samil Baabood to present the trophies to Anna.”
She concluded: “We thank the Royal Cavalry for their support of Arabian racing in the UK and we look forward to their annual Sultanate of Oman Raceday at Windsor, to be held on August Bank Holiday Monday, which concludes their very generous race sponsorship with ARO during the 2017 season.”
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