Capewell takes QREC Ara­bian award

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Gary Capewell has been pre­sented with the much cov­eted Qatar Rac­ing and Eques­trian (QREC) Award at the 2018 Horser­ace Writ­ers & Pho­tog­ra­phers Derby Awards at Lon­don’s Royal Lan­caster Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 3.

Fol­low­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, the award has been made in recog­ni­tion of Capewell’s ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tion to UK Ara­bian Rac­ing. Well known for his accurate call­ing, ex­cel­lent prepa­ra­tion and strong voice, Gary has spent over 10 years as ARO’s com­men­ta­tor, hit­ting a land­mark at Wolver­hamp­ton Race­course on June 10 this year when he made his 1,000 Ara­bian race call.

His en­thu­si­asm for rac­ing started at an early age and he was en­cour­aged by his grand­fa­ther. Aged eight, Gary be­gan do­ing race com­men­taries from the TV, mak­ing his first live Ara­bian race call at Ut­tox­eter in 2004.

Two years later he was cov­er­ing half the meet­ings with ex­ist­ing ARO com­men­ta­tor Martin Har­ris and by 2008 it was a full­time oc­cu­pa­tion. He has only missed three races since.

Com­men­tat­ing with ARO in the sum­mer gives him the op­por­tu­nity to work at some of the most pres­ti­gious race­tracks in the coun­try, which has led to of­fers of more work abroad. So far, this has in­cluded a sea­son in Dubai and he has called Ara­bian races in Qatar at the HH The Amir’s Sword Fes­ti­val.

In ad­di­tion to his work for ARO, Gary presents on Wil­liam Hill Ra­dio and TV all year round.

QREC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Nasser bin Sherida alKaabi said; “Qatar Rac­ing and Eques­trian Club is proud to have sup­ported the Horser­ace Writ­ers and Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion Award Cer­e­mony since 2012. Our con­grat­u­la­tions go to Gary Capewell for his com­mit­ment and achieve­ments com­men­tat­ing for Ara­bian Rac­ing in the UK, well de­served and well done.”

ARO Chair­man Charles Greg­son com­mented, “We are de­lighted to see Gary Capewell hon­oured in this way. He has made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to UK Ara­bian rac­ing over many years and we are de­lighted to con­grat­u­late him on this award.

“We are also ex­tremely grate­ful to both the Qatar Rac­ing and Eques­trian Club and the Horser­ace Writ­ers and Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion for their sup­port of UK Ara­bian rac­ing.”

The Qatar Rac­ing and Eques­trian Club-spon­sored Horser­ace Writ­ers & Pho­tog­ra­phers Derby Awards are held ev­ery year to cel­e­brate work from broadcasters, pho­tog­ra­phers and writ­ers in the horserac­ing in­dus­try.

Awards in­clude; Horser­ace Writer of the Year, Re­porter of the Year, Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year and Pic­ture of the Year.

QREC CEO Nasser bin Sherida al-Kaabi (left) presents QREC Award to Gary Capewell.

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