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Dubai Crown Prince Festival – Day 2 – 14 March 2017

Hamdan Al Marri and Zabeel Stables win thrilling race in style.

Dubai Crown Prince Festival, Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. 14 March 2017.

Dubai Crown Prince FestivalAfter yesterday’s intense racing in the ladies’ race, today it was the turn of the private stables to fight it out in a CEN 100km over three loops of 40, 40 and 20 km.

A staggering 341 combinations entered the race, which was predicted to be tricky because of the unusually warm weather conditions.

The first to cross the line after the first loop was Mohammed Al Mazrooei (Ragone), but he wasn’t able to start the second loop because of an irregular gait.

Starting the second loop first was Rashed Al Ketbi (MB Icha Star), but all his followers were close behind.

Yesterday in the ladies’ race the second loop created a big shake up within the top ten placings. Today we saw exactly the same scenario because of the heat, and with six newcomers entering the top ten the biggest gain was for Yousef Al Hamadi (Baraka Oman) who went from 24th to 10th.

The biggest victim at this stage was leader Rashed, who dropped out because of irregular gait. Salem Al Kitbi (Hannad) led, but the top three were only separated by one minute.

This promised to be an exciting final loop, with Zabeel Stables, whose rider Hamdan Al Marri (Razam) was in third place, commenting: “We’re one minute behind, in third position, and we know what we have to do. The horse is good and has a good speed.”

Dubai Crown Prince FestivalThe best recovery of the top three until that point was second-placed Ahmad Al Shehhi (Daijor), so a lot was expected from this combination. Yet it was Hamdan who handled the final loop in great style. He caught Ahmad quickly, the difference at the start was only seven seconds. Ahmad managed to follow for a while but then had to let him go.

Hamdan went on to chase leader Salem and caught up with him at the halfway point. They stayed together, causing spectators to debate over which pair had the most power left. With a final push Hamdan created a gap, which he extended to 30 seconds, and that was enough for him to cross the finish line first.

He noted: “That was not an easy race. The whole day the speeds were high and I had to be patient in order to close the gap with Salem. We had to work hard for this victory. This was a fiercely fought race.”

Salem, in second place, was happy with his result: “This is a good horse but maybe it’s better to compare with a diesel than a petrol engine. When Hamdan overtook me he created a gap, one which I could reduce but then I had to let go.”

Ahmad finished side by side with his Al Kamda Endurance Stables colleague Layla Al Marzooqi (Momentum MR), ending the day in respectively fourth and third place.


Dubai Crown Prince Festival CEN 100km for Private Stables Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stHamdan Al MarriUAERazamZabeel Stables
2ndSalem Al KitbiUAEHannadS.S. Stables
3rdLayla Al MarzooqiUAEMomentum MRAl Kamda Endurance Stables
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Dubai Crown Prince Festival – Day 2 – 14 March 2017

Hamdan Al Marri and Zabeel Stables win thrilling race in style.

Dubai Crown Prince Festival, Dubai International Endurance Village, Dubai, UAE. 14 March 2017.

Dubai Crown Prince FestivalAfter yesterday’s intense racing in the ladies’ race, today it was the turn of the private stables to fight it out in a CEN 100km over three loops of 40, 40 and 20 km.

A staggering 341 combinations entered the race, which was predicted to be tricky because of the unusually warm weather conditions.

The first to cross the line after the first loop was Mohammed Al Mazrooei (Ragone), but he wasn’t able to start the second loop because of an irregular gait.

Starting the second loop first was Rashed Al Ketbi (MB Icha Star), but all his followers were close behind.

Yesterday in the ladies’ race the second loop created a big shake up within the top ten placings. Today we saw exactly the same scenario because of the heat, and with six newcomers entering the top ten the biggest gain was for Yousef Al Hamadi (Baraka Oman) who went from 24th to 10th.

The biggest victim at this stage was leader Rashed, who dropped out because of irregular gait. Salem Al Kitbi (Hannad) led, but the top three were only separated by one minute.

This promised to be an exciting final loop, with Zabeel Stables, whose rider Hamdan Al Marri (Razam) was in third place, commenting: “We’re one minute behind, in third position, and we know what we have to do. The horse is good and has a good speed.”

Dubai Crown Prince FestivalThe best recovery of the top three until that point was second-placed Ahmad Al Shehhi (Daijor), so a lot was expected from this combination. Yet it was Hamdan who handled the final loop in great style. He caught Ahmad quickly, the difference at the start was only seven seconds. Ahmad managed to follow for a while but then had to let him go.

Hamdan went on to chase leader Salem and caught up with him at the halfway point. They stayed together, causing spectators to debate over which pair had the most power left. With a final push Hamdan created a gap, which he extended to 30 seconds, and that was enough for him to cross the finish line first.

He noted: “That was not an easy race. The whole day the speeds were high and I had to be patient in order to close the gap with Salem. We had to work hard for this victory. This was a fiercely fought race.”

Salem, in second place, was happy with his result: “This is a good horse but maybe it’s better to compare with a diesel than a petrol engine. When Hamdan overtook me he created a gap, one which I could reduce but then I had to let go.”

Ahmad finished side by side with his Al Kamda Endurance Stables colleague Layla Al Marzooqi (Momentum MR), ending the day in respectively fourth and third place.


Dubai Crown Prince Festival CEN 100km for Private Stables Results

PositionRiderNationalityHorseStable
1stHamdan Al MarriUAERazamZabeel Stables
2ndSalem Al KitbiUAEHannadS.S. Stables
3rdLayla Al MarzooqiUAEMomentum MRAl Kamda Endurance Stables
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