Zalina manages to hold off challenges by PVE Remington
and Konfident MI in a very tight finish over 1600m
Zalina under Dr. Jill Colwell
A large crowd was on hand to witness Zalina (Sachin / Dunwingeri Bint Zarana), under Dr Jill Colwell, lead all the way as she proved too good for the rest of the field in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup, over 1.600m at Nanango, Australia, on September 14. A long neck away 2nd was the stallion PVE Remington (Maximilliano / De-Sharvarl Dimonds), under Robert Faehr, who trailed the leaders for most of the course but was finishing fast. They were closely followed by Konfident MI (Konfidence MI / Mystic Fame), under Hannah English, ¾ lengths away. A long margin to fourth was Lindall La Vita (Eastwinds Holy Joe / Lindall La Voka), under Isabella Teh, and fifth was Bonnie Doon Ashquar (Simeon Sochain / Woolooka Moon Eclipse) under Riley Spring.
This was the fourth race this year for the mare Zalina, owned by Richard Collyer, trained and ridden by Dr Jill Colwell, giving the mare a record of 3 wins and a second in her first year of racing. She is proving to be one of the better horses we have racing with us. This was PVE Remington’s second run for this year with a win and a second and a career record of 8 starts, 6 wins, a second and a third.
Five horses started in the 1600-metre race after Windcharm Lea was withdrawn before acceptances.
The course was completed in 1:49.83, a new race record (2 seconds faster) for the Nanango track and 1600m distance. The Nanango Turf Club is thrilled to host the Wathba Stallions Cup on the Heritage Benchmark Handicap race meeting day with their President, Andrew Green, taking part in the presentations. AARC and the Nanango Turf Club look forward to hosting more Arabian Racing in the future.
It was another race day success for Arabian Purebred horses racing in Australia with the Australasian Arabian Racing Club (AARC). Its president, Mr. Jeff Ablett, thanked the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival for all the support they provide to Purebred Arabian horse racing in Australia. We look forward to a continuing close association with them in the future.
From left to right: Jillian Crowley, Richard Collyer (Owner), Zalina, Nicole Rosevear (Strapper),
Dr Jill Colwell (Trainer, Jockey), Andrew Green (President Nanango Race Club), Jeff Ablett (President AARC
Full details and a video of the race are available on our WEB site: - arabianracing.com.au.
Report by Jeff Ablett, President of AARC, and Photos by Sue Crocket of Sue Crocket Photography