Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 9 December 2017. The Yas Private Owners Ride was a CEN 100km for private stables divided into four loops of 40, 25, 19 and 16km.
A total of number 68 entries was on the low side according to UAE standards, most likely due to the organiser’s rules which made some of the successful stables decide to stay home.
It was Mohammad Imam – IND (Ber Nic Dus The Prince) who came in first after the opening loop but paid the price of the high speed with a long recovery time and ultimately the horse would be retired by the rider after the third loop.
First leader was Mohammed Al Qemzi – UAE (Quil de la Roque) however was vetted out after the second loop because of irregular gait.
Close on his heels was Humaid Al Balooshi – UAE (Imsakit) trailing 90 seconds and Daiana Chopita – ARG (J C Cahuel), fresh from her National Day Cup CEN 120km victory the previous week, but already four minutes behind.
The leader of the Yas Private Owners Ride commented before the start of the final loop: “Yes all is going well till now and hopefully we can hold on this top spot. I have a lead which doesn’t mean too much with such competitive riders and horses behind me.”.
Seven minutes was the gap with the leader for Rashid Al Baloushi – UAE (Suet) but his stable remained positive: “We don’t know how this is going to turn out. We will try our best as we feel we are not that far behind.”
Nevertheless it was Salem Al Ameri – UAE (Saks) who was on a mission and seemed to have the most power left for the final 16km.
Leaving in fourth position he picked up his contenders one by one and managed to take the lead in the final stretch to the finish line.
His team was overjoyed after the finish: “This is wonderful, we are so happy. We started the last loop in fourth position and although we knew the horse was good we did not know where we would end. There was a lot of pressure in this final stage and we are so happy that we made it.”
Ali Al Hosani didn’t have the power to follow the eventual winner but was able to keep the second place safe.
It came to a final sprint for third place in this Yas Private Owners Ride between three riders who crossed the line within three seconds with Daiana Chopita claiming the third podium place before Ahmed Al Subousi – UAE (Ainhoa Piednez) and Humaid Al Balooshi.
Yas Private Owners Ride Results
|Yas for Private Owners Ride. CEN 100km|
|1st||Salem Al Ameri||UAE||Saks||Bin Ham Private Stables|
|2nd||Ali Al Hosani||UAE||Crazy Antar||Hasan Rakan Pvt Stables|
|3rd||Daiana Chopita||ARG||J C Cahuel||Enjaz Privat Stables|