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HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and trainer Philip Collington recorded hat-tricks in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s final Wathba Stallions UK fixture at Chelmsford City on Saturday.

ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry who owned and bred Alwaleed and Saleemah and the James Owen-trained Al Kaaser- all three scored on Saturday.
Trainer Philip Collington recorded his first hat-trick of the 2017 season with wins from Alwaleed, Saleemah and Hau Kola.
Recording doubles were jockeys Will Pettis (Alwaleed and Saleemah) and Charlie Price (Hau Kola and Kayclaire), whilst trainer Delyth Thomas’s double was more notable because Kiraa is the dam of Kayclaire. The mother and daughter combination have previously been dual winners for Thomas at a HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival fixture at Hereford last year.
Going in to the fixture, HH Sheikh Hamdan was already confirmed as Champion Owner for the 14th time.
The remaining Championships now look more settled, as following his win on Asra Min Al-Talqa in the opening race, David Turner, is now four wins clear of his nearest rival, Will Pettis in the Jockeys table. Whilst trainer James Owen, is five winners clear of Phil Collington and looks more assured to claim his second consecutive title, as does Joanna Mason, who is four clear in the Lady Jockeys’ Championship.
Gemma Cobb, Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) Racing Operations Executive said: “It was a pleasure to host our final Wathba Stallions fixture of 2017 at Chelmsford City. ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Ms. Lara Sawaya. Run as part of the Festival, the Wathba Stallions UK series offers welcome support to the sports grass roots with races including handicaps, maidens and conditions events to cater for all grades.”
She continued: “This was our fourth visit to Chelmsford City racecourse this year and we are delighted with how our sport has been received by the local race-goers, who clearly love their racing. We thank all the staff at the track for their support and assistance this season.”
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

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