IT WAS A successful return to turf for Bin Al Reeh in the Wathbastallions.com Handicap at Bath on Monday afternoon in the second race of the new Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season. The Pete Hammersley-trained 7yo homebred entire had been campaigned entirely on the all-weather the previous season due to the limited opportunities brought about by Covid.

Ridden by Sophie Ralston for HH Sheikha Maryam bint Maktoum Al Maktoum, Bin Al Reeh finished a length and a half clear of Jamaraat, with Hammerlsey’s other runner, Zayin Zyperion almost a further ten lengths back in third. The mile race attracted eight runners and was held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival.

In previous years the festival included a lady riders’ series in which Ralston had ridden on several occasions representing Ireland. Ralston commented: “I couldn’t hear because of the strong winds where the other horses were, but he told me because every time one came near to us, he picked up again.

I’ve travelled all over the world riding Arabians and this is my first winner.” Hammersley was delighted with both his horses adding: “I’ve said before that I didn’t think Wolverhampton suited Bin Al Reeh and running back on the turf he proved that point. Sophie rode a brilliant race as she managed to get him out in front, so he wasn’t intimidated by the other horses. He’d been so working well at home, I’m really pleased, hopefully he can build on this and win again.”