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Newmarket trainer Jessica Quinlan 'really honoured' to win Arabian Racing Achievement award

Newmarket-based Jessica Quinlan picked up the Arabian Racing Achievement accolade at last week’s Horserace Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) Annual Derby Awards.

Now in its seventh year, the award recognises an individual or organisation for their contribution to UK Arabian racing.

And it was former St Louis Catholic Primary School pupil Quinlan who was this year’s recipient after a memorable few months.

Jess Quinlan 2020 HWPA Arabian Achievement Award winner. Picture: Debbie Burt (43508090)
Jess Quinlan 2020 HWPA Arabian Achievement Award winner. Picture: Debbie Burt (43508090)

In her first season training Arabian racehorses, she scored with her first runner, Al Shaamikh, who then followed up on his next outing with a five-length win.

Quinlan trained the three-year-old colt, along with stable-mate Toufan du Croate from her base at Linden Lodge Stables for Qatar’s Mohammed Fahad Al-Attiyah, who is also new to Arabian racing in the UK.

Quinlan said: “I’m really honoured to receive the Arabian Achievement award.

“I’ve had so much help from the ARO team, my family, the owners and fellow trainers like James Owen (winner of the award last year and fellow Newmarket trainer).

“It’s lovely to win as it’s repays the support I’ve received from everyone.”

Covid-19 has made it an uncertain time for all trainers, let alone those only just starting like Quinlan.

However, she is hoping next year will show some further progression.

“Having a small string of horses was the perfect introduction, though obviously next year it would be nice to have a few more,” she added.

“This year was obviously really difficult, but I was lucky with the horses that I had as they were relatively straightforward individuals.”

“Fundamentally it doesn’t matter if it’s a thoroughbred or an Arabian, keeping them happy and healthy is the key.”

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