FORTA STUD’S homebred Serafim Forta was an impressive winner of a 1900m handicap at Wolverhampton this Monday week. The race, supported by Emirates Breeders, attracted 12 runners, but it was Serafim Forta, the youngest horse in the race that showed the greatest improvement. He finished two and a half lengths ahead of Samawaat, with Zayin Arabian’s Zayin Zyperion a neck behind in third. Trained by James Owen and ridden by leading ARO (Arabian Racing Organisation) amateur Alex Chadwick, the 3yo colt has improved with every race and is a first UK winner for Forta Stud’s own stallion, Sadeem.
Chadwick said: “James was a bit worried I’d gone too soon on him, but he was going so well, I didn’t want to take a pull and unsettle his stride. At home he’s very buzzy and we go out at six in the morning when it’s much quieter, but everyone loves him in the yard.” Genny Haynes, ARO commercial and finance director said: “We are delighted for Forta Stud, the owner breeders of Serafim Forta, who have supported UK Arabian racing with both runners and race sponsorship for many years now. “ARO is very grateful for the support of all our valued sponsors this season, which has enabled us to maintain our presence as part of UK racing.
In addition, we also thank the British Horseracing Authority and Wolverhampton Racecourse for their continued assistance this year.” On Saturday, at the same venue, it was a night to remember for local trainer Peter Hammersley with Al Tabari leading home a 1-2-3-4 for the handler. Owned by Hammersley’s wife Michelle, Al Tabari was given a great ride by Howard Cheng, drawing six and a half lengths clear of Samawaat. Zayin Zyperion was third, with HH Sheikha Maryam bint Al Maktoum’s Bin Al Reeh a close fourth. Another 1900m contest supported by Emirates Breeders, it was actually the penultimate race in the shortened Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season.
Hammersley said: “Al Tabari surprised me really. Howard said he would ride him a bit more prominently this time and afterwards he couldn’t believe how much he’s improved from his last win here. “We’ve been patient with him, we’ll look forward to next season now, as he looks to be versatile as to trip. I’m thrilled with all four of them though.” Genny Haynes, ARO commercial and finance director said: “That was a wonderful result for Pete and all his owners who we warmly congratulate on their success.”