Today's afternoon session, moderated by Gary Capewell, is on Training and Racing
First up is UAE-based trainer Helal Alalawi, explaining how he has achieved outstanding success with the brilliant Sniper through diagnosing it's psychological problems.
Helal Alalawi continues: "The large entries for maiden races shows there is a need for more races for young horses."
Hobson continues: "Coming from the UK I very rarely use medication on my horses. Thankfully the medication rules in the US are changing rapidly and becoming tighter."
Hobson describes how he has adapted his training technique from thoroughbreds. Arabians eat slightly less. Prefers jockeys not to hassle his horses in early stages of a race to allow them to find their feet.
Mohammed Al Hashemi pays tribute to the support of Sheikh Mansoor and the organisation of Lara Sawaya and describes his experiences in Oman.
Mohamed Al Hashemi describes how the quality of horses has improved in Oman having sourced horses from all over the world. The distance of races in Oman has increased despite the trend for greater speed.
Veterinarian Dr Stefano Daneri speaks of his pre- and post-race role in checking horses for welfare considerations and of how he works closely with trainers.
Morocco-based Aziz Bennani describes how the country is ideal for the training of Arabian racehorses
Simon Hobson is warmly applauded when he says he would like to see drug-use outlawed for horses in training in all jurisdictions.
Dr. Pritchard speaks about how the fragility of jockeys, mentally, is only seen in the professional ranks where the pressure is colossal. Often, when a horse doesn't win the blame will lie with the jockey. Pritchard states that owners and trainers need to take responsibility for the health and welfare of their jockeys.
Mondher Zouiten shows us a different angle explaining that through media forums the Arabian horse has blossomed and now we see several magazines and other products directly related to Arabian racing. The Arabian horse brought new blood and money to many different organisations which has benefited both the Arabian horse and media platforms.