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Dubai Crown Prince Festival – Day 1 – 13 March 2017

Sheikha Futaim and M7 Endurance Stables strike gold at ladies race.

Dubai Crown Prince Festival, Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. 13 March 2017.

This week a lot of exciting racing is scheduled for the Dubai Crown Prince Festival.
Today was the opening day of the festival with a CEN 90km for ladies over three loops of 40, 32 and 18km.
An impressive 164 riders entered for a race which usually holds a fair bit of suspense. The shorter race distance (90 instead of 100km) seems to have inspired the trainers to go with a slightly higher speed.

The rider to come in first after the first loop was Charlotte Withofs (Chocolate Dos Condes VD), but the horse didn’t pass the vet check because of an irregular gait.

Catalina Bastons (Nawal De Luriecq) topped the scoreboard and would stay in that position until the start of the third and final loop.
The second loop was very demanding and shook up the standings: from the frontrunners, five were vetted out or dropped outside the top ten. The victims included Miriam Al Ansaari (Pamino de la Dour), Delfina Gauthier (Tenzin of Gredos) and Aude Touraine (Aramis).

All the top contenders passed the recheck and the top five were separated by only two minutes at the start of the final loop.
As usual in this region, everything was still up for grabs in the closing kilometres.

Second-placed Maitha Al Qubaisi (Tidjani du Clos) caught Catalina within fifteen minutes, but behind them another group was forming. For the second half a group of five was at the forefront and it was clear that the winner would come out of this pack.

Eventually it was Sheikha Futaim (Raood) who finished first, with Aya Ali (Flaming Ivory) and Maitha beside her. Sheikha Futaim planned the race perfectly, coming in with a tenth place after the first loop, climbing to third after the second and finally cruising to win.

Most riders had similar comments after the race that their horses were pulling or that they had to push them. But they all agreed that the pace and the hot weather made it a very demanding race.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) part two of the Dubai Crown Prince Festival is scheduled, with a CEN 100km for private stables.


Dubai Crown Prince Festival CEN 90km for ladies Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stSheikha FutaimUAERaoodM7 Endurance Stables
2ndAya AliUAEFlamng IvoryF3 Stables
3rdMaitha Al QubaisiUAETidjani du ClosAl Bawadi Stables
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Dubai Crown Prince Festival – Day 1 – 13 March 2017

Sheikha Futaim and M7 Endurance Stables strike gold at ladies race.

Dubai Crown Prince Festival, Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. 13 March 2017.

This week a lot of exciting racing is scheduled for the Dubai Crown Prince Festival.
Today was the opening day of the festival with a CEN 90km for ladies over three loops of 40, 32 and 18km.
An impressive 164 riders entered for a race which usually holds a fair bit of suspense. The shorter race distance (90 instead of 100km) seems to have inspired the trainers to go with a slightly higher speed.

The rider to come in first after the first loop was Charlotte Withofs (Chocolate Dos Condes VD), but the horse didn’t pass the vet check because of an irregular gait.

Catalina Bastons (Nawal De Luriecq) topped the scoreboard and would stay in that position until the start of the third and final loop.
The second loop was very demanding and shook up the standings: from the frontrunners, five were vetted out or dropped outside the top ten. The victims included Miriam Al Ansaari (Pamino de la Dour), Delfina Gauthier (Tenzin of Gredos) and Aude Touraine (Aramis).

All the top contenders passed the recheck and the top five were separated by only two minutes at the start of the final loop.
As usual in this region, everything was still up for grabs in the closing kilometres.

Second-placed Maitha Al Qubaisi (Tidjani du Clos) caught Catalina within fifteen minutes, but behind them another group was forming. For the second half a group of five was at the forefront and it was clear that the winner would come out of this pack.

Eventually it was Sheikha Futaim (Raood) who finished first, with Aya Ali (Flaming Ivory) and Maitha beside her. Sheikha Futaim planned the race perfectly, coming in with a tenth place after the first loop, climbing to third after the second and finally cruising to win.

Most riders had similar comments after the race that their horses were pulling or that they had to push them. But they all agreed that the pace and the hot weather made it a very demanding race.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) part two of the Dubai Crown Prince Festival is scheduled, with a CEN 100km for private stables.


Dubai Crown Prince Festival CEN 90km for ladies Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stSheikha FutaimUAERaoodM7 Endurance Stables
2ndAya AliUAEFlamng IvoryF3 Stables
3rdMaitha Al QubaisiUAETidjani du ClosAl Bawadi Stables
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