STARTING HER season just as she finished her last one, Shadwell Estates’ Wanaasa kicked off with an impressive win in a mile handicap at Chelmsford City. Stepping up in grade for her handicap debut, the 4yo daughter of No Risk Al Maury put up a professional performance under Jack Mitchell for trainer James Owen.

Though she was receiving weight all round, she remains a progressive looking filly, finishing two lengths ahead of Al Kaaser and a further ten lengths clear of Farhaa, both also from the Owen stable. After the race Mitchell, who had been in the saddle for her previous win commented: “She’s obviously wintered well. I had a sit on her in Newmarket two weeks ago and she felt great and is getting stronger.

She still has that raw ability and we went a good gallop here so I was worried I might have been there too soon. She’s very exciting. James has done a good job with her.” Owen was delighted with her performance adding: “Actually I thought Farhaa was the one, as she’s been working exceptionally well at home recently, and I’m pleased with Al Kaaser as he’s really a 10f horse.

Wanaasa was getting a lot of weight from the others, but she has so much speed. I’d like to get her on the grass next, there’s another Royal Cavalry race over 7f at Newbury next month and if all goes well then she’ll go back there for the Group Two race over 6f in August.”

This Al Sawadi Beach Handicap was the first of five races sponsored by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, committed supporters of UK Arabian racing. The highlight of their sponsorship will be the Group 2 Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes at Newbury on 14 August, in which Wanaasa may well take her chance.

Genny Haynes, ARO commercial and finance director said: “That was a great performance from last year’s leading Arabian filly Wanaasa and ARO congratulates Jack, James and the Shadwell team. The continued support of the Royal Cavalry of Oman has been welcomed by all involved in the sport in the UK, and we look forward to our next race with them at Newbury on 10 June.

We are also grateful for the assistance of the British Horseracing Authority and all the team at Chelmsford City.”