New move for Arab racing

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  • From next year the ARO will be the sole governing body for Arab racing in Britain

    From 2003, all Arabian horseracing in Britain will be run by one organisation in a move to secure the future prosperity of the sport.

    Agreement has been reached only after several years of wrangling. For 20 years, Arabian racing was run by the Arab Horse Society (AHS), until 1999 when the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was set up.

    A confusing state of affairs has existed since then with the two organisations organising separate programmes.

    From next year, ARO will deal with administration of all Arabian racing, with the Jockey Club remaining the regulatory body. The AHS will continue to be the sole registration authority for Arabian horses in Britain.

    Charlie Corbett, racing manager at ARO, said: “The future is rosy for Arab racing. This amalgamation will remove confusion and prove good for the sport.”

    A spokesman for the AHS said: “This new structure will be of great benefit, offering owners and trainers greater opportunities.”

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